Hidalgo reporters uncovered evidence that Municipal Judge William C. Romo has been excusing speeding tickets for his friends and their relatives left and right.
The Monitor submitted a public information request to receive a list kept by the court administrator, outlining 839 citations, mostly traffic tickets, that local politicians submitted to the judge for special consideration from January 2010 to April 2011.
It doesn't seem as if too many computer skills were needed to pursue this case. They received a list, counted up the citations and type of citations, and made a story out of it. They then went and tracked down a lot of the big offenders for statements on the subject, and that makes up the brunt of the story.