Texas GOP activist Steven Hotze charged with assault
The charges, issued on Wednesday, come about a year and a half after the incident, which highlighted controversial allegations of voter fraud in the last presidential election – allegations that remain unsubstantiated. Aguirre reportedly claimed the repairman’s truck contained 750,000 illegal ballots signed by Hispanic children with untraceable fingerprints. Instead, the police found parts for the air conditioners.
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In 2020, a non-profit organization created by Hotze, Liberty Center for God and Country, paid 20 private investigators nearly $300,000 to investigate illegal ballots in Harris County, Texas, prosecutors said. Aguirre, who police say was one of those contractors, was also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Prosecutors say the former Houston police captain received a $211,400 payout on Oct. 20, 2020 — a day after he allegedly rammed his car into the repairman’s truck and pointed a gun at the man’s head. male.
Hotze’s indictment was not released Friday morning. The Harris County prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Gary Polland, Hotze’s lawyer, said his client being sued is “absolutely outrageous” since he was not present at the time of the alleged assault.
“Dr. Hotze didn’t find out what happened until after it happened and it made headlines the next day in Houston,” Polland told The Washington Post. or two steps from the right of parties.”
According to the state doctrine of the law of the partiesa person can be held responsible for the criminal acts of another person in different circumstances, for example by inciting an innocent person to act in a criminal way or by aiding, soliciting and not preventing a crime.
Polland said Hotze’s actions do not fall into any of these categories.
“Hotze gave these investigators money, but they’re independent contractors doing their own thing,” Polland said. “He didn’t even know about the repairman. He had only heard that they might have located someone carrying a bunch of illegal ballots.
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Hotze wears many hats in Texas, where he is a doctor, conservative activist and radio host. He owns contributed widely to Republican candidates and political action committees since at least 1998. In 2015, he supported an anti-gay rights campaign against the legalization of same-sex marriage. During the pandemic, he filed lawsuits against public health measures. But in recent years, he has been at the forefront of efforts within the state to uncover alleged voter fraud.
His efforts date back to 2018. In that year, according to court documents, the Republican power actor “solicited donations from hundreds of citizens” who were concerned about electoral harm – specifically ballots submitted for people. deceased.
“My client’s concern was about ballot security and voter fraud and wanted to make sure there was no cheating,” Polland said. “And I like to say ‘no good deed goes unpunished.’ He ended up being charged.
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Along with indictment, Hotze faces trial of the repairer, who is asking for more than a million dollars in damages.
The Tory activist’s recent court battles over alleged voter fraud have so far not successful. Despite the looming litigation, Polland said Hotze has no plans to quit.
“If anything,” the attorney said, “he’ll probably double down.”