District Attorney Joe Gonzales said Thursday he would not prosecute simple drug possession cases, and gave updates on other criminal justice reform efforts.
Joe Gonzales started as Bexar County district attorney in January. Since then, he’s made progress on some of the key issues on which he campaigned.
Former District Attorney Nico LaHood has been put on probation for a year, and must also pay more than $9,000 in attorneys’ fees.
Joe Gonzales was sworn in Tuesday by Judge Ron Rangel of the 379th Criminal District Court as Bexar County’s new criminal district attorney.
Gonzales was leading Republican Tylden Shaeffer by more than 15 percentage points after early voting totals were tallied Tuesday night.
Democrat Joe Gonzales and Republican Tylden Shaeffer both served as Bexar County prosecutors before moving into private practice.
Joe Gonzales and Tylden Shaeffer are competing for the Bexar County district attorney seat in the Nov. 6 election.
The blue wave Texas Democrats are hoping for never got rolling in State Senate District 19, where the staunchly blue district went to Republican Pete Flores in September.
Bexar County Commissioners voted to approve a professional services agreement with the law firm to represent District Attorney Nico LaHood.
For starters, Joe Gonzales and Tylden Shaeffer agree that Nico LaHood’s behavior as DA reflected poorly on the District Attorney’s office.