Texas grand jury indicts Cheney, Gonzales
According to Willacy County Distract Attorney Juan Angel Guerra a grand jury in south Texas indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez on separate charges related to alleged prisoner abuse in federal detention centers, reported CNN Tuesday.
Willacy County is on the Southern tip of Texas, on the United States-Mexico border.
Also being charged in the indictment is Texas Democratic state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.. Michael R. Cowen, an attorney for Lucio, issued a statement calling Guerra a "one man circus."
Cowen said in a statement, "In the March 2008 Democratic Primary, 70 percent of the Willacy County voters elected to remove Juan Guerra as Willacy County District Attorney. Now with only a few weeks left in his term, Mr. Guerra has again chosen to misuse his position in an attempt to seek revenge on those who he sees as political enemies."
"The vice president has not received an indictment," Cheney spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said.
According to the Associated Press, the indictment stems from Cheney's investment in the Vanguard Group, an investment management company that is reported to have interests in the prison companies in charge of the detention centers involved.
The Associated Press also reported Gonzalez halted an investigation into abuse at the detention centers while he was attorney general.