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Aug 14, 2013 11:17 AM

Saldana Guilty of Slapping Woman, Seeks New Trial

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Suzie Luna-Saldana, a well-known political activist, was found guilty of assaulting a congressional candidate's campaign worker last summer, a ruling that is not likely to end the case.

The ruling came from a justice of the peace which means Saldana can request a new jury trial in a higher court, something her attorney said she will formally request Wednesday morning.

Saldana's attorney, Ruth Kollman, said the woman accusing her client lied in court when she told the judge that Saldana tore up a brochure that did not exist when the incident happened. "The complainant who alleged that this woman assaulted her proved that she's a liar, and the D.A.'s office admitted that she manufactured evidence in the case today," said Saldana's attorney Ruth Kollman.

Saldana maintains that the allegations are an attempt to smear her reputation. "My understanding is she's going to run again," she said. "They want to make sure that I keep my mouth quiet that's going to be kind of hard because I've never kept my mouth quiet."

The case stems from a July 2012 incident in which a Patricia Rodriguez, a campaign worker for Rose Meza-Harrison, claimed she got into an argument with Saldana outside the Nueces County Courthouse. Rodriguez claimed Saldana tore up a campaign brochure and slapped her in the face. While Saldana has admitted to tearing up the brochure, she said she never slapped the woman.

Saldana received a ticket for $300 and was also ordered to pay court costs.

A number for Rodriguez, the woman who made the accusations, has been disconnected.

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