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El Paso county judge has ‘good’ discussion with governor’s office about reimposing curfew

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El Paso County Judge Ricardo Smaniego during a news conference last year on Covid-19.

EL PASO, Texas -- The prospect for another curfew to be implemented is on the table after El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego had what he called a "good" discussion with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's chief of staff over the weekend about his request to impose one.

Samaniego has said he believes a curfew does not go against the governor's directives. The 8th Court of Appeals recently issued a temporary injunction against the the county judge's shutdown order which included a nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., saying it went against directives from Abbott.

"This (new proposed) curfew is very different, because it doesn't interfere with any businesses essential or non-essential travel from these businesses after nine o'clock or after 10 o'clock," Samaniego said. "It's only for individuals that are doing recreational (things), are hanging out in the in the park."

Samaniego said the conversation also included a representative from the office of state Attorney General Ken Paxton, who filed a lawsuit along with some El Paso restaurants against the county judge for imposing the shutdown order in October.

"I just want to make sure that the businesses understand that we're not trying to in any way to interfere with their business," Samaniego said.

The judge's request to the governor came shortly after the Texas Division of Emergency Management sent 36 troops from the Texas National Guard to help the El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office with "mortuary support."

Samaniego praised the work they're doing to prevent a backlog at the county morgue as El Paso remains in a critical situation due to the pandemic.

As of Sunday, 254 bodies were being held at the county morgue which also includes all nine mobile morgues, according to the judge.

Brianna Chavez

Brianna Chavez is an ABC-7 reporter/producer.



  1. At some point we are going to have to talk about giving covid19 victims government assistance in a big way due to the irresponsibility of trump not responding fast and appropriately to the virus. He knew about it and tried to cover it up. Since hispanics are the most affected they should be the most compensated. 1 year salary.

  2. A curfew will only keep a very small number of people out of bars at night. What do we do about all the thousands of folks walking around with covid BEFORE 10:00 PM? I’m afraid the virus isn’t wearing a watch.

      1. That coward is no more Mark Turner than I am. He is alberto. There is no DMV record of him in El Paso County, no property records and no property tax records of him. His alias showed up about the time KFOX ran an article about a convicted child sex predator with that name getting out of a halfway house here. The dumbass even used the convict’s year of birth, until he was called out on it, then changed it to 1961, claiming the 1946 alias was his mom’s birth and he was born in 1961. That would make his mom 14 when she had him.

      1. Why don’t you give it to me punk?. You had your chance but you chose to either not show up or hide in the parking lot across the street from Wendys. You knew what kind of car I was driving. Never saw you asshole. The only ass you’re going to kick is probably your poor wife.

        1. I know who you are, where you are, what you look like and the beater you drive, you tele-tubby welfare mooch. You, on the other hand, have no idea who I really am, where I live, or what I look like, or the vehicles I drive.

          1. You evidently don’t know shit. I drive numerous white F150 (we have 9 of them for the farm) pickups or a silver Tesla. When I came to the Wendys to see if your coward ass would show up, I was driving a silver Land Rover with a black top. Your name is Micheal R. Gerhardt and you live at 1513 Cidra Del Sol in a ticky tacky row house. You know; the kind they build 50 at a time in 72 hours. You lost your job as a security guard in AA county for misuse of a firearm when you murdered a citizen’s pet dog in a dog park. You are a piece of human shit and an orange buffoon supporter which makes you an even lower form of life.

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    1. You forgot racism, low IQs, selfishness, no sense of right and wrong, low end morality and lack of character. Just like their white trash leader, the orange buffoon.

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