Thursday, September 21, 2006

Now that it is confirmed WATT was the settlement agreement between DMC and Mr Benitez?

[Del Mar Electronic Anonymous Input Forum] 9/17/2006 10:34:10 PM

From: Jaime Kenedeño <>
Date: Sep 17 2006 - 8:34pm

Unconfirmed information on the Benitez case has indicated that a settlement between DMC and Mr Benitez has been reached.

Unconfirmed information on the Benitez case has indicated that a settlement between DMC and Mr Benitez has been reached.

Various amounts from $3 million to $1000 are rumored.

More as the facts are uncovered.

Any settlement is demonstrative that the College acted with Malice. It also places the credibility in question of all the liars at DMC. If this is true; we must now go back and approach Adriana Garza of the Caller Times and demand retractions and apologies.

They were using you Adriana.


Del Mar College, Benitez settle his lawsuit

Former instructor alleged violation of civil rights

By Israel Saenz Caller-Times
September 20, 2006

An attorney for Alberto Benitez said a settlement has been reached in the former Del Mar College instructor's civil rights and breach of contract lawsuit against the school.

Benitez attorney Robert Heil said Tuesday that representatives for his client and the school came to an agreement late Friday afternoon, three days before a trial was set to begin in federal district Chief Judge Hayden W. Head Jr.'s courtroom.

Attorneys for both sides would not elaborate on the terms of the settlement.

"I can say that both parties have reached an agreement without having to go to trial," Heil said.

Benitez and former Del Mar student Melody Lopez filed the lawsuit in September 2005, alleging school officials unlawfully terminated Benitez's employment that January, after he supported Lopez's claim of racial harassment by a Del Mar employee.

Heil said no agreement has been reached in Lopez's lawsuit. Her case still will go to trial, although Head has not set a date.

Del Mar attorney Augustin Rivera said a tentative agreement was reached after Head dismissed civil rights violations claims against six of the college's current and former officials in a pre-trial hearing Sept. 7.

At the hearing, Head dismissed claims against Del Mar College President Carlos Garcia, Board of Regents President Gabriel Rivas, Vice President of Student Development Jose Rivera, Vice President of Instruction Rosie Garcia, Legal Professions Department chair Stonewall Van Wie and former Dean of Business Ann Matula.

Head did not dismiss the suit's claims against the college as a whole at that time.

"After the court ruled in the college's favor on a substantial part of the plaintiff's case, the college was presented with a reasonable opportunity prior to trial to end the litigation and avoid any further expense or costly disruption of college business," Augustin Rivera said.

Benitez's and Lopez's suit states those school officials played a role in either Benitez's termination or retaliation against Lopez, who the suit states officials expelled from the college in September 2004.

The plaintiffs further alleged that after a February 2003 incident in which Lopez and two other students were verbally harassed by a school official's secretary, Benitez issued a witness statement as part of her grievance procedure.

"We believe (Benitez's) civil rights were violated," Heil said. "That's why the claim was brought against Del Mar. All that is remaining is Lopez's claim."

Benitez, who suffered a gunshot wound in August 2003 and recovered, also claimed a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He conducted criminal justice courses online as he recovered, before his termination.

Francisco G. Perez was convicted of attempted capital murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison for the shooting. Benitez's ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Reynolds, was sentenced to life in prison for hiring Perez to kill Benitez.


Albert Benitez's civil rights and breach of contract violations lawsuit against Del Mar College was settled last week, his attorney said Tuesday. A timeline of events, according to his court complaint:

Feb. 2003: Former Del Mar student Melody Lopez accuses Legal Professions Department Chair Stonewall Van Wie's secretary of racial harassment. Benitez, who claims to have witnessed the incident, submits a statement as part of Lopez's grievance procedure

July 2003: Benitez files a grievance accusing college officials of retaliation

August 2003: Benitez is shot in his home; he survives. While he recovers, Del Mar allows Benitez to teach from home through Internet courses

Sept. 2004: Lopez is expelled from the school

Jan. 2005: Benitez is fired on the basis that he did not properly perform his duties as an instructor

Sept. 2005: Benitez and Lopez file a lawsuit against the school

Source: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas Amended Complaint

Contact Israel Saenz at 886-3767 or HYPERLINK


Who's credibility is in question?

Imagine if the Judicial Process does not protect the College?

Like in Austin.


Anonymous said...

Hey slander monger. Al Benitez and Melody Cooper are homosexual Democrats who voted for Clinton. Are we to believe a cock-sucker and clit licker?

Jaime Kenedeño said...

Is this all the DMC Elite has to defend itself?

DMC is an institution of higher learning but the intellect of this post non existent. Is this WATT you stand for Joe Alaniz? Also, though you bash Democrats I hardly believe you are a Republican. One more thing oh so BRIGHT one; Melody Cooper is on our All American City Council. I will leave your intellect here to represent the DMC Elite and the present Board of Regents.

dannoynted1 said...

Anon- do you like think about sex so much that you have to write about it too?

you are hatin' on democrats because they have sex? is that slander? clinton voters? i guess you voted "in the bush"!

The Secretary of State cleared her to run.

I think these guys are going to learn a lesson or two....

from the attorney general down. The Secretary of State cleared Ms Garcia to run. If you read the AG opinion you will know what a crook this guy is when it comes to the little people. Carlos Valdez, I cant see how he would obtain Jurisdiction given there is no criminal act. This matter should be processed through existing administrative law.

A Voter Registration in Kleberg While Residing in Nueces?

The question is, which home was her domicile. I have been to her Apartment here in Corpus Christi, it sure looks like it is her primary residence.

I cannot imagine Carlos Valdez even having anything to do with this case, given his history with Mike Westergren and I am told with Joe Alaniz as well.

If Carlos Valdez prosecutes this lady, he is a fool.

I stand behind her.