Noon Fix: Investigators tour Southwest Key; indicted ex-judge to remain on ballot; mourners bids farewell to McCain
Sen. John McCain’s final journey ended on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy within view of the Severn River and earshot of midshipmen present and future, and alongside a lifelong friend.
A horse-drawn caisson carrying the senator’s casket led a procession of mourners from the academy’s chapel to its cemetery Sunday following a private service. The senator’s widow, Cindy, and his children were among those who walked behind the caisson. Joining them were family and friends as well as members of McCain’s Class of 1958 and military leaders.
Former district judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado will remain on the November ballot for the 13th Court of Appeals, despite speculation he would drop out of the race following his indictment this spring on federal bribery charges, and after facing pressure from the Democratic party to do so.
Delgado did not withdraw by the Aug. 24 deadline set by the Secretary of State’s office for the Democratic party to nominate a replacement candidate, who would have taken his spot on the ballot for the Place 4 seat on the appellate court.
A court-appointed attorney and two guardians finally gained access to Southwest Key Programs-Casa Padre nearly one month after obtaining a court order to enter the facility that holds undocumented immigrant minors.
On July 11, Cameron County Court-at-Law No. 4 Judge Sheila Bence appointed attorney Myles Garza, investigator Hailey A. Hobren and six guardians to investigate whether children held at the nonprofit facility that contracts with the Office of Refugee Resettlement are in need of legal guardians.