EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) – Questions continue to swirl about the whereabouts of the Vinton, TX community judge who is at the center of the El Paso state attorney’s office controversy. Now ABC-7 uncovers legal issues Roger Rodriguez faced as a practicing attorney.
Rodriguez reprimanded twice by the state
Family members of a victim of the August 3, 2019 Walmart shooting accused Rodriguez of threatening them while he was acting as a representative for the district attorney’s office.
Rodriguez has been a licensed attorney since 2001, according to the State Bar of Texas.
According to the State Bar of Texas, Rodriguez has been publicly reprimanded twice: once in 2007 and again in 2012.
Both times, the State Bar of Texas Complaints Committee found Rodriguez to have committed professional misconduct.
According to documents obtained by ABC-7, the committee granted the 2012 reprimand after deciding that Rodriguez should have known that the federal civil rights case he took, quote, was “outside his jurisdiction.”
The 2007 reprimand came after Rodriguez ultimately neglected a case. The committee found that he did not communicate with a client who hired Rodriguez to litigate an immigration matter.
Fees, expenses and compensation in both cases totaled $4,550.
According to the AVVO legal service database website, public censure does not prevent a lawyer from practicing law.
Rodriguez, DA Yvonne Rosales previously worked together
ABC-7 found another picture of Rodriguez that sheds light on his relationship with DA Rosales.
In the picture, posted to Rosales’ professional Facebook page on Aug. 2, 2021, Rodriguez stands shoulder to shoulder with Rosales in the prosecutor’s office.
The caption said Rosales met with the Attorney General for the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, ahead of the second anniversary of the Walmart shooting. At the gathering, Chihuahua AG presented her with a rosary in memory of the victims of the massacre living in Mexico. Rosales posted a photo of the rosary along with a list of the victims’ names.
In the post, Rosales thanked Rodriguez, quote, “for facilitating this prestigious gathering.”
A year later, Alexander Hoffman’s family accused Rodriguez of intimidation and counterfeiting in an email to El Paso journalists.
In a strange twist, the AVVO website listed Rodriguez as an identity theft attorney.
ABC-7 tried to call Rodriguez’s office number, which is listed on the Attorney.com website, but had to leave a voicemail. He didn’t call back. The address listed for Rodriguez on the State Bar of Texas website is for a PO Box.