Complaint against ADA Alfredo Valverde

UPDATE: A Waxahachie Criminal Investor is inquiring into these events.

Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office,

I wish to file a complaint against ADA Alfredo Valverde. Based on conversations that I have had with one FWPD officer and other documents that I have obtained, it is my understanding that Mr. Valverde is complicit in acts that include public corruption and criminal obstruction of justice. 

I have provided these documents to the state attorney general’s office, and the prosecutor’s office there has informed me that a district judge should assign a district attorney pro tem to prosecute this matter. I have and am working daily to find a Tarrant County judge who will assign the DA pro tem as advised by the AG. 

On January 9, 2019, ADA Valverde advised Det. Dunn that the DA’s office would not accept a harassment case that [REDACTED] was seeking as a means of disrupting an ongoing family custody case. Shortly after, [REDACTED], a former intern with [REDACTED]’s uncle [REDACTED], connected [REDACTED] with ADA Valverde where they met, according to the DA’s office, around 10 times to discuss ways to compel FWPD to comply with the wishes of this wealthy and well-connected family.

According to Lt. Walls who oversaw the subsequent FWPD OIA investigation, Valverde called a meeting about my case. It was at that meeting that ADA Valverde committed the criminal act of obstruction of justice by strong-arming Det. Dunn to comply with the wishes of the Daniel family. 

Valverde insisted that my efforts to reach my [REDACTED], who was hidden from me for the first two years of her life, constituted a crime. The act of allowing a phone to ring was used as grounds for issuing a warrant for my arrest. When a wealthy family asks the TCDA’s office for a favor, and that favor involves strong-arming peace officers, and the DA’s office does that favor — that is called public corruption.

Edward Brown

ejb0017@yahoo.com

Complaint Against ADA Larry Moore

Update: This matter is being looked into by a criminal investigator.

DA Sharen Wilson,

I wish to file a sworn complaint against Criminal Division Chief Larry Moore. After reviewing Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office documents, speaking with a peace officer involved in my harassment case, observing verbal statements by [REDACTED]’s legal defense team, and reading numerous emails and communications obtained through open records requests, it is my understanding that Mr. Moore is allowing the district attorney’s office to interfere in an ongoing child custody case as a favor to a local wealthy family. Mr. Moore is well aware of the criminal acts committed by his office, and he continues to use his resources to attempt to cover up acts of public corruption, nepotism, and obstruction of justice. 

My statements are based on first-hand conversations and a growing body of evidence that is in the possession of the Attorney General’s office and the Hurst division of the Texas Rangers. 

On January 9, 2019, ADA Alfredo Valverde rejected a harassment case by [REDACTED]l. Under sworn oath, Det. Dunn signed her name to this fact on June 4, 2019. I have been advised by an active member of the Fort Worth Police Department to seek documentation related to this rejection. This documentation may include a note from Valverde describing his clear understanding of [REDACTED]’s now-documented intention of using the charges to separate [REDACTED] from her father.

After using personal connections, included the aid of the co-founder of Verghese Summerset, Ms. [REDACTED] gained access to Valverde. Over the course of early 2019, according to the DA, they met and formulated a plan to obstruct a FWPD investigation in favor of the [REDACTED] family. Det. Dunn refused to allow the district attorney’s office to interfere in a child custody matter. Valverde, according to the State’s Disclosure, was able to strong-arm Det. Dunn into pressing charges against me by bringing [REDACTED], the man who hid my daughter in his home and refused to allow my access to my child, to state that I was harassing him via answered phone calls. 

Shortly before Valverde called a meeting about my case and three months after the police officers were in possession of my call logs to [REDACTED], Sergeant Davis stated that “Det. Dunn does NOT believe the elements of the offense have been met, and I agreed.”

A meeting was called the following Monday or Tuesday, according to FWPD Lt. Walls. The DA leveraged a police officer to compel Det. Dunn to sign my warrant under threat of having the case reassigned. That crime, committed by our DA office, is called “obstruction of justice” under the Texas penal code. 

It should be noted that the DA, according to its own documentation, had a clear understanding of the then-ongoing child custody suit. The DA’s statement that I had “no right” to my daughter is baseless. 

One month later, Ms.[REDACTED] described her plans in full to ADA [REDACTED]. According to the DA, Ms. [REDACTED] planned to use my bond conditions to restrict me from seeing [REDACTED]. Ms. [REDACTED] stated that she wanted to keep me on probation as long as possible as a means of ending any hopes of reunification. The DA fulfilled [REDACTED]’s requests and placed [REDACTED] and the entire [REDACTED] family on my bond condition as Ms. [REDACTED]requested.

On September 30, I made Mr. Moore aware of much of the details outlined in this letter. Mr. Moore replied that he would look into the matter. What followed has been a continuous and failed effort to coverup public corruption.

On November 21 at the [REDACTED] Court, one of three lawyers present representing Ms. [REDACTED], [REDACTED], began the court proceedings by stating that the temporary orders could not proceed due to the fact that [REDACTED] was restricted from seeing his father due to the fact that the harassment bond conditions. [REDACTED] stated in court that the district attorney’s office had assured her that [REDACTED] was placed on the list of people I was restricted from seeing.

The district attorney’s plans failed that morning. [REDACTED] had the bond conditions amended just days earlier to remove my child from the bond conditions. [REDACTED]’s team of lawyers adjourned for well over half an hour in a failed attempt to formulate a new plan to restrict me from being united with my child. I will soon have a court reporter transcript of these events that will be sent to the Texas Bar Association and other local legal/law enforcement groups for their review along with additional sworn complaints. 

On November 12, after speaking before the Tarrant County Commissioner Court, [REDACTED] stated in an email that he had brought the police statements of public corruption to the attention of the DA. The TCDA used the subsequent meeting to cover up criminal acts that it had committed and self-documented efforts to obstruct a family court proceeding in favor of a wealthy family. 

One source with intimate knowledge of the DA’s efforts has informed me that DA officials are using the desperate ploy of stating that I have “mental health issues.” Details of the closed-door session, which were successfully appealed by the TCDA, will eventually come out, especially as the details of this ordeal are increasingly made public. 

That a wealthy family would use its resources to protect its name and interests is not a surprise. The efforts that Mr. Moore and the members of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office have gone to aid them speaks to the culture at our DA’s office under its current leadership. 

If anyone who finds this letter through open record requests wishes to contact me for further details, I will be glad to describe this matter. Documents related to this case can also be requested through the Attorney General’s office via open records request.

Sincerely, 

Edward Brown

ejb0017@yahoo.com

469-487-6973

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State’s Disclosure

Prosecutors are obligated to release evidence that is favorable to a defendant through a pre-trial discovery rule called Brady disclosure. The term is based on a 1963 Supreme Court case, Brady v. Maryland

I will be publishing these documents through my personal blog. All names have been redacted. My goal here is to put the spotlight on the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office and its system of doing favors for wealthy and well-connected individuals. I am also using this article to describe the lengths that our county-level prosecutors will go to separate children from parents. 

This case personally involved me. I recommend brushing up on two past blogs (Obstruction of Justice in Tarrant County and Tarrant County Parental Rights) before continuing.

District Attorney Statement: She was asking if the case was appropriate for an indictment on a stalking charge.

Significance: The victim had already met 10 times with an assistant district attorney. Together, they formulated a plan to compel FWPD to sign my arrest warrant based on the fact that I had called a middle-aged, wealthy man who was hiding my child in his home. The calls were unanswered. Once you have gained intimate access to the DA, it is all-the-more easier to continue to fabricate charges against someone. 

District Attorney Statement: She stated that she is related to [redacted] and friends with [redacted].

Significance: Connections matter. On January 9, 2019, the victim was told that the DA would not accept her attempts to charge me with harassment. After personal connections were used, the victim began meeting extensively with the same DA who then helped her with her plan to separate a child from her father. Here, the victim is continuing to use personal connections to successfully manipulate our legal system.  

District Attorney Statement: The victim requested that her daughter be added to the no contact list as a condition of bond. 

Significance: The TCDA fulfilled this request. Let’s take a step back and look at this situation objectively. Generally speaking and without any reference to my personal matter, why would the government intervene in anybody’s child custody case? If the DA knows that there is an ongoing child custody case, why would they place legal barriers between that parent and his or her child?

The answer is that there are two legal systems in Tarrant County — one for the well-connected and one for the rest of us.

Edward Brown writes about music, arts, and news for a variety of publications. He’s an award-winning writer for the Fort Worth Weekly and volunteers for numerous Fort Worth nonprofits. He regularly contributes to Visit Fort Worth and Madeworthy Magazine. 

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Tarrant County Parental Rights

What are the ramifications when the government intervenes to place legal barriers between a parent and his or her child? Parental rights are a hot button topic in Texas. Where most parents find consensus is in the idea that biological parents have a fundamental right to raise their child as the parents see fit. As one Tarrant County Family Court judge recently told me, the right to raise children in peace and without government interference is the most fundamental liberty we as Americans have. I agree with Judge Kim.

Parental rights have been on my mind as I continue my research into likely obstruction of justice committed by members of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office. One intake attorney, when trying to do a favor for a wealthy and well-connected family, ran into a barrier. The peace officer whom he was placing pressure on believed in parental rights. The officer believed that children have the right to know their father and mother. 

To work around this moral barrier, the intake attorney began digging, according the DA. In the spring of 2019, the intake attorney realized that the peace officer could be compelled to aid the DA’s efforts to disrupt an ongoing legal matter that I am, at the moment, not allowed to describe. This matter is not a lawsuit, as some commentators have assumed.

Unanswered phone calls to a middle-aged man who was hiding a small child in his home were used as grounds to force the peace officer to sign an arrest warrant. Even in a state that reveres parental rights, there are legal workarounds that can allow the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office to place barriers between children and loving parents.

The Tarrant County District Attorney’s office should not be in the business of separating small children from loving parents. The TCDA’s office should not be in the business of strong-arming peace officer as a favor to wealthy and well-connected families. When our county-level prosecutors use their resources to separate families simply because they were asked to do so by well-connected individuals, it undermines the credibility of every case they prosecute.  

Edward Brown writes about music, arts, and news for a variety of publications. He’s an award-winning writer for the Fort Worth Weekly and volunteers for numerous Fort Worth nonprofits. He regularly contributes to Visit Fort Worth and Madeworthy Magazine. 

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Letter to the US Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Justice,

I wish to submit a complaint against Tarrant County District Attorney intake attorney REDACTED under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens like me from unreasonable seizures like the one that will be detailed.

On June 20, 2019, I was arrested by members of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s office under the charge of harassment Penal Code section 42.07.  The TCDA’s office sought the charges to fulfill a personal favor for a local wealthy family. 

I am the father of a REDACTED named REDACTED. The REDACTED family hid my daughter from me for the first two years of my life. REDACTED’s mother, REDACTED, sought and failed to bring harassment charges against me. The DA informed her that they would not accept her case on January 9, 2019. Through her uncle, REDACTED, REDACTED was connected with REDACTED. 

REDACTED and REDACTED connected Lindsay with ADA REDACTED, and the two met or communicated 10 times, according to the DA, over the next two months to conspire a plan to strongarm Fort Worth Police Department officers to comply with the wishes of this family. The REDACTED family, it should be noted, has and continues to delay an ongoing REDACTED in Tarrant County. 

FWPD Det. REDACTED understood REDACTED’s motivations were to separate a small child from her father. Her supervising sergeant, REDACTED, described subsequent strongarming by members of the DA who were working at the behest of the REDACTED (see attached). 

FWPD did not believe the elements of an offense had been met. ADA REDACTED called a meeting with REDACTED in mid-June 2019. At this meeting, he used the threat of case reassignment to compel Det. REDACTED to comply with the wishes of the REDACTED family. Since FWPD insisted that fathers have the right to communicate with the mother of their child about matters pertaining to their children, REDACTED found a loophole. 

He demanded that REDACTED sign a warrant for my arrest on the grounds that multiple unanswered phone calls to a middle-aged man (REDACTED father) constituted grounds for harassment. TCDA fields 50,000 alleged crimes per year and accepts an average of 10 harassment cases per year, according to data that I’ve collected. Harassment charges are exceedingly rare, and mine may be the only one in Texas history that involves unanswered phone calls over the course of a few hours to a grown man. 

My subsequent arrest was due to nepotism, public corruption, and criminal obstruction of justice committed by REDACTED. The Attorney General’s office (see attached) has provided information on how to find a DA pro tem to prosecute this matter, and I am contacting district county judges accordingly. 

Contacts for my case will be:

Denise Rodriquez (FWPD police monitor): denise.rodriguez@fortworthtexas.gov

REDACTED (FWPD detective): REDACTED

REDACTED: 817-884-1400

DA Sharen Wilson: 817-884-1400

The Cost of Public Corruption

The stated mission of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office makes no mention of back-door deals or the opportunity for personal favors if your family is wealthy and well-connected. According to TCDA’s website, the county prosecutors strive to conduct their work in an “ethical, honest, and just manner.”

Is strong-arming career peace officers considered ethical? Is intervening in a family custody case to appease a well-connected family considered a “just manner” of conducting business? For most people, the answer would be no. Public corruption is a serious offense that undermines the credibility of our political or criminal justice system. 

Our system of government is built upon social contracts. We, as private citizens, voluntarily give our government certain limited powers in the interest of public welfare and safety. This system, of course, assumes that everyone under that system will be treated fairly. It’s a big assumption. 

Public corruption is an omnipresent threat in a country as wealthy as ours. It is human nature for the wealthy and powerful to try and use their power for self-serving ends. That is why we place certain limits on political contributions and codify workers’ rights.

Last year, I was a finalist for the regional First Amendment Award in Journalism. My investigative piece delved into the influence that a local law firm had over school board trustees. According to several people I spoke with, the national law firm used its influence to dictate the actions of elected officials. 

Trying to influence government officials does not constitute public corruption. When elected or government officials take unethical steps at the request of powerful private individuals or corporations, that is when public corruption occurs. 

According to two Fort Worth peace officers and the TCDA’s State Disclosure, members of our DA’s office did a favor for an influential family. This favor was done to disrupt a family custody suit and it required the DA’s office to “strong-arm” the detective and sergeant overseeing my case. That is called obstruction of justice, and because it was committed by members of the district attorney’s office, it is also known as public corruption.

Those documented actions undermine the credibility of our district attorney’s office. My case is certainly not unique. Questions should be raised about the legitimacy of our district attorney’s office under its current leadership. How many people in Tarrant County are facing criminal charges because a wealthy family asked our DA for a favor and the DA did that favor irrespective of local law enforcement’s understanding of the situation?

Americans are quick to decry public corruption in countries like Russia or Venezuela and for good reason. Power does corrupt, and Tarrant County needs to take its own incidents of public corruption seriously.

Edward Brown writes about music, arts, and news for a variety of publications. He’s an award-winning writer for the Fort Worth Weekly and volunteers for numerous Fort Worth nonprofits. He regularly contributes to Visit Fort Worth and Madeworthy Magazine. 

Updates on My Case

Today was productive. Sen. Jane Nelson recommended that I visit the Texas Ranger Public Integrity Unit. I finally had the time to visit their Hurst office to drop off several documents that detail public corruption in Tarrant County. I even had time to visit my county commissioner’s office.

Yesterday, I spoke at length with FWPD Capt. Bryan Jamison. Although we disagreed about potential police interference in my case, I appreciated the time he gave. At this point, I am looking for a district county judge who will assign a district attorney pro tem to investigate potential criminal actions committed by our district attorney.

I have worked daily to document public corruption since last June. I believe I am halfway through that work. While there are ongoing efforts to keep embarrassing information out of reach, I do see hope for our city and county.

There is an impressive grassroots movement developing in our community. This week, I have a news story about CommUnity Frontline out in the newspaper I write for. There’s even an editorial that I contributed to.

In the wake of numerous shootings and killings of unarmed black men and women by white FWPD police officers, public outrage has reached a point where city officials had to take action. There is a police review board currently auditing FWPD’s policies and training procedures. Members of that board have received documents related to my case. Capt. Jamison said some of those board members met with him yesterday. 

Two police monitors are now on the job, fielding complaints from locals about police misconduct. Efforts are underway to unseat elected officials and to replace them with individuals who will put accountability and transparency first. Many in our community would like to see a new sheriff and DA at the county level.

After a closed meeting in December, the district attorney’s office has asked the commissioners court to not allow me to speak on the agenda. Open discourse about public corruption is an important component of any free society. The City of Fort Worth is slowly heading in that direction. New ideas and leadership at the county level may be just as inevitable.

Edward Brown writes about music, arts, and news for a variety of publications. He’s an award-winning writer for the Fort Worth Weekly and volunteers for numerous Fort Worth nonprofits. He regularly contributes to Visit Fort Worth and Madeworthy Magazine. 

Documents

The following quotes are from DA documents, FWPD documents, and emails obtained through open records requests.

“She has spoken to [REDACTED] probably about 10 times. He is the intake DA.”

Source: Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office

Significance: 10 meetings between a well-connected family and members of the DA that resulting in strong-arming of two FWPD officers by “countless” members of the DA, according to one FWPD Sargeant and one FWPD whistleblower. 

“I didn’t think it was fair.”

Source: Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office

Significance: In mid-March 2020, Det. Dunn told the District Attorney’s office that their obstruction of her case resulted in the unfair arrest of Edward Brown.

“She said that officers don’t like to refer it over to us.”

Source: Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office

Significance: Highlights FWPD’s understanding of the victim’s motivations. 

 

“The way they got the police to refer it over was based on that one incident.”

Source: Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office

Significance: The DA’s office should not be in the business of compelling FWPD to do anything.

“Detective is [REDACTED]. She has issues with responsiveness. She had to go above her. [REDACTED] did not do her job on this case.”

Source: Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office

Significance: The DA is maligning a career peace officer to cover obstructing her case.

 

“[REDACTED] said that he has no legal rights to her daughter. As of Friday, the defendant filed a family lawsuit. However, she would like to get a protective order through us.”

Source: Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office

Significance: Biological fathers do have legal rights to their children. The DA was willing to interfere with a family custody suit on behalf of this family. That suit is ongoing. 

 

Edward Brown “caused the phone to ring repeatedly”

Source: FWPD

Significance: This is literally the reason that FWPD issued a warrant for my arrest, admittedly while under pressure from our DA. This speaks to the culture of our DA’s office. 

 

His complaint remains with the district attorney.

Source: Fort Worth Police Department Office of Internal Affairs

Significance: This internal communication notes FWPD’s understanding of DA interference in my case. 

 

“Whether or not she was rushed or pressured, as you stated, is not a factor that would cause us to further investigate the matter.” 

Source: Fort Worth Police Department Office of Internal Affairs

Significance: FWPD maintains that its hands are clean in this matter. This stance is contradicted by FWPD’s coverup of public corruption regarding my case. 

For further reading:

Obstruction of Justice in Tarrant County

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An Open Letter to DA Sharen Wilson

Update: An independent criminal investigator is inquiring into this case. 

Honorable DA Sharen Wilson,

I was advised by the Attorney General via the enclosed letter to contact your office to discuss documented interference in a FWPD investigation. The interference, according to your office and two FWPD officers, was conducted [by the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office] at the request of a local family that maintains close ties with the DA.

Please respond in writing that your office will or will not fulfill the AG’s request to appoint a District Attorney Pro Tem to act as a prosecutor in this matter.

Signed,

Edward Brown

Jan 10, 2020

 

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For further reading:

Obstruction of Justice in Tarrant County

The Obstruction of Justice Playbook

Roadblocks

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Edward Brown writes about music, arts, and news for a variety of publications. He’s an award-winning writer for the Fort Worth Weekly and volunteers for numerous Fort Worth nonprofits. He regularly contributes to Visit Fort Worth and Madeworthy Magazine. 

 

Roadblocks

On the morning of September 10, 2019, a Tarrant County assistant district attorney forwarded an ethics complaint up his chain of command. The email was sent from a FWPD detective, and the topic was an “ethics issue” about potential meddling in a local investigation by members of the TCDA’s office. 

Five months on, the handling of that email remains a mystery. As I have discovered, the City of Fort Worth, FWPD, and TCDA all maintain tight control over the release of information that they deem potentially embarrassing or incriminating. That reality leaves tax-paying citizens at a considerable disadvantage when trying to hold government officials accountable. Steps can be taken to file an open records complaint with the attorney general, but those efforts result in a boilerplate letter that recommends the matter be resolved locally. 

This week, I’ll be describing documented steps that our city, police force, county, and district attorney’s office have taken to ensure that embarrassing information remains out of the public view. From what I’ve observed, all levels of our government seem content to turn a blind eye to public corruption, but each level of government obfuscates in their own adorable ways.  

Fort Worth Police Department

The FWPD’s Office of Internal Affairs recently responded that they are reopening an investigation into how my Class B Misdemeanor charges were filed to appease a local, wealthy family. After five months of filing sworn complaints and reaching out to dozens of publicly elected officials in Tarrant County, I am grateful that FWPD is reexamining documented abuse of power and public corruption on the part of our DA’s office. 

Getting this far has required unannounced visits to the City Attorney’s office and FWPD’s OIA to voice concerns over attempts to cover up public corruption. In short, my initial sworn complaint was deflected toward a peace officer and away from perpetrators of unethical actions. This maneuver allowed FWPD’s OIA to state that it saw “no wrongdoing” regarding my case when there was rampant interference by members of the DA’s office, according to two FWPD officers, who were doing a favor for individuals with “countless DA connections.” 

City of Fort Worth

As it stands, Edward Brown is persona non grata with the City of Fort Worth. The City Attorney has directed city staff to ignore my communications. FWPD has given Mr. Brown a reply, and he’s simply not satisfied with that reply, they have been told. My two sworn complaints should be under the purview of the city’s Ethics Review Commission, but, alas, that commission was dissolved by Fort Worth City Council (with one opposing vote by Ann Zadeh) last month.

If you haven’t been following that ethical crisis, you should be. That being said, I continue to hold hope that the city that I call home will see fit to acknowledge the unethical and potentially criminal meddling in local matters by our county. We will see. 

District Attorney’s Office

When a wealthy family asks the District Attorney’s office to do a favor, and that favor involves strong-arming peace officers, and the DA’s office actually does that favor, that is called public corruption. That description is based on first-hand statements by a peace officer whistleblower, a FWPD email obtained through open records requests, and the DA’s own account of how my case was handled. 

I believe that the vast majority of TCDA staffers perform their jobs honestly and honorably, but, to date, the DA’s office has refused to acknowledge documented wrongdoing committed members of its office. A tell-tale Letter of Refusal appears to be missing, according to one ADA. DA Sharen Wilson is yet to respond to my request, based of an Attorney General recommendation, that an independent prosecutor investigate potential obstruction of justice committed by members of the DA, and questions remain about why Tarrant County’s largest criminal defense firm is listed by the DA as the gateway between an influential family and “countless DA connections.” 

Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court

You can be forgiven if you don’t understand how Tarrant County is managed. The commissioner’s court isn’t so much a court as a back-slapping morning show where laughs are plentiful and critical debate is scant. County Administrator GK Maenius recently sent me an odd email in response to my request to voice concerns over public corruption. 

“Because of [your] status, I will not place your item on the Commissioners Court Agenda.”

The Commissioners Court, for now, appears to prefer silence to public discourse based on objective facts. And who can blame them? Holding court is what some county officials do best. 

Edward Brown writes about music, arts, and news for a variety of publications. He’s an award-winning writer for the Fort Worth Weekly and volunteers for numerous Fort Worth nonprofits. He regularly contributes to Visit Fort Worth and Madeworthy Magazine. 

For further reading:

Obstruction of Justice in Tarrant County

The Obstruction of Justice Playbook

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