Bail Amount of Local Judge's Son Causes Controversy
A local man is speaking out about a recent arrest claiming favortism is being shown to the son of a local judge.
He says he was arrested on similar charges, but his bond was set much higher.
The son of a municipal court judge was arrested twice in the past few weeks. His latest arrest came with a bond of only $750.
But a local college student was arrested on similar charges and given a much higher bond by the same local justice of the peace.
TAMIU college student Daniel Saenz admits to having a few run-ins with the law years back because of having a possession of marijuana. And even more recently...
"I was problem free for 6 or 7 years until the beginning of this month when I got caught with possession of marijuana."
He says for each offense he had to pay a bond of $5,000. That's why he was so angered to hear about a recent arrest.
According to police, 20 year old Mario Castillo the third was speeding down Shiloh when an oncoming officer clocked Castillo speeding. The officer attempted to stop Castillo, but was not successful. Instead he continued to the parking lot of a bar. Authorities allegedly found marijuana seeds in the console along with two open alcohol containers. Castillo was arrested for eluding police and having an open alcohol container in the vehicle. He was also cited for speeding and having no drivers license. The son of Judge Rosie Cuellar Castillo was taken to jail on a $750 bond. Just a few weeks prior to this arrest, Mario Castillo III was also arrested for a DUI.
"I did get arrested and my bond was set at $5,000 and I did have to stay a night in jail."
Bond for both Saenz and Castillo were set by Judge Hector Liendo.
Saenz feels Castillo should have to face the same legal repercussions as everyone else especially given his numerous run ins with the law.
"Just because he knows certain people doesn't mean he should have special privileges at all."
Now Saenz is wondering if Castillo is receiving special treatment since this isn't his first offense.
"His father is a well known lawyer. He's also related to Henry Cuellar as well as the sheriff of the city. So I think that may have played a real big part of setting his bond."
We have been trying to get in contact with Judge Hector Liendo since Wednesday, but have not had our phone calls returned.