Case Dismissed for Political Activist Accused of Assaulting Campaign Worker

Local political activist Susie Luna Saldana was set to go to trial after appealing her guilty verdict of assaulting a campaign worker for congressional candidate Rose Meza Harrison; but because of new evidence, the Nueces County District Attorney dismissed the case.

"It has been a very trying time," Saldana said. "We knew it was political, and that it was done because of politics, but you know, when you give the judicial system time to work, it does work."

In a statement Monday, District Attorney Mark Skurka said that, "On Friday, the State was made aware of some inconsistent statements from two of its witnesses."

Based on the revelations, Skurka said, "the State believed it would be difficult to prove the case by the legal standard of beyond a reasonable doubt, and exercised its discretion in dismissing the case."

The victim at the center of the case is Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez. She also released a statement via Facebook, writing "Nobody believes her. She lost her credibility a long time ago. The judge said she was guilty. I feel pity for her."

Saldana said she is looking forward to returning to her political activities, and has not ruled out the possibility of filing a civil suit against her accuser.


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