On Friday April 17, 2009 El Paso County Attorney José R. Rodríguez decided that, rather than seek a Temporary Restraining Order and a subsequent Temporary Injunction against alleged members of the Bloods street gang, his office will instead seek to fast track the case by aggressively pursuing a Permanent Injunction restricting the alleged criminal activities of the defendants.
Due to the decision, the hearing on a Temporary Restraining Order scheduled for Tuesday April 21, 2009 at County Court at Law # 3 has been cancelled. A date for a hearing on the Permanent Injunction is expected to be set by the court within 30 - 45 days.
Under this fast track approach, by eliminating the need for 2 previous hearings, Rodriguez expects to obtain a faster resolution to the case.
In making this decision, the County Attorney consulted with the El Paso Police Department to ensure that the northeast community will continue to be protected while the case is pending.
"The Court has appointed counsel to most of the defendants, so there is no reason to delay the final hearing on the Permanent Injunction. We want to give Judge Alvarez the opportunity to decide, as soon as possible, whether our petition for a Permanent Injunction has merit, and to have the Permanent Injunction in place to protect the residents of northeast El Paso," Rodriguez said.
Gang Injunction Fast Track Press Release.pdf
Elhiu Dominguez was born in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, México. He moved to the Ciudad Juárez - El Paso area in 1988 to study Mass Communications at the Chihuahua State University (UACH). He later obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1994.
Elhiu began his professional career in 1989 as a reporter for Norte de Juarez newspaper. In 1994 he was employed at Canal 26, the local Univision affiliate in El Paso, as photojournalist, producer, and later as a reporter. In 1998, after a brief period as Weekend Assignments Editor at KDBC Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate, Elhiu returned to work at Univision 26 as a senior reporter. He was later assigned in 1999 as the Texas-New Mexico correspondent for the Univision Network’s news magazine “Primer Impacto”, a position that he held until his resignation in 2005 to become Assignments Editor at KFOX Channel 14, the local FOX network affiliate.
Elhiu left KFOX in 2006 to become the Public Affairs Officer for the El Paso County Attorney’s Office.
During his more than 15 years of experience as journalist, Elhiu has received numerous awards, among them “La Columna de Oro” for a special series of stories regarding the murders of women in Juárez, and several first and second place awards by the New Mexico and Texas Associated Press in the categories of investigative reporting, breaking news, and feature stories.