One fear stricken witness (from Juarez Mexico) that previously acknowledged knowing Astorga, said that she did not even recognize him in the courtroom. His ACLU attorney had a 'complete makeover' done on him for the trial. A perfectly fitting new suit and business shoes, clean shaven, perfect hair, nicely prepared teeth and designer glasses with the perfect tint. So scholarly, such a nice young man, in 'Appearance'. So respectable looking. The tattoos and self mutilation adornment scars well hidden. His previous murder charge 'Disallowed' from testimony (Naive Jury 'can not' be informed...of anything). This family tree has been involved in so many Violent and Deadly altercations, including Law Officer James McGrane
Update 19 Jan 2012: Michael Astorga has been found guilty in yet another murder. His attorney asked for change of venue to Las Cruces NM to try and get a 'naive'? jury. He is too well known in ABQ. His sentencing could run max 28 years for this one. He shot and killed neighbor Candido Martinez after a long running feud over a 1959 Chev low rider. That is the reason he shot and killed Officer James McCrane, he was on the run for several months with the help of his adoring, caring? family (they love 'son', it's Other people that are always the problem). He has not been sentenced yet for that earlier killing.
Seems like this dysfunctional family is not too good at backing away from conflict. De-Escalation, as we learned in CCW certification, is just not in Their DNA. Pray that you Never cross paths with a family such as this. If so, be armed and alert... at least to somewhat even your odds.... of survival. Remember that the ACLU protects Him and his like, YOU are on your own.
As the Patriarch of three successful, law abiding adult sons with their own functional families, I notice many stark differences in the raising principles of our cultures. Let alone, the end results. Governor Bill Richardson notices as well
Theresa Romero, the mother 'superior' of their 'family unit' seems to have passed on a trait of Never accepting the word 'NO'. Theresa Romero flagrantly and maliciously exhibits this 'Behavior' daily in the courtroom. A mistrial (a previous success) due to Theresa Romero's 'circus'
Anyone that wonders why Five Million (now 2012, over eight million) Law Abiding, background checked, FBI Certified Citizens in the USA, are today 'Carrying Concealed' weapons, need only view this scenario occuring daily in the courtrooms.... all across the USA. Preyed upon heavily by the Notorious 'Special Interest' groups (ACLU)
Woe be to Any individual (including Law Officers) or family, that crosses paths with these free 'Roaming' Predators among society. Violent Psychopath Predators that now number into the countless thousands. To say that Your life will 'Never Again Be the Same'
Like this Unfortunate Woman
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