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Apr 1, 2020

Saldivar Claims to Be a Political Target

Arthur Saldivar

Attorney Arthur Saldivar believes he is being targeted. The usually outspoken lawyer was first arrested on Saturday and charged with ‘spreading false news’ and on Monday he was arrested for firearm and ammunition offenses. Saldivar believes that the police have been given instructions to target him. He says that his recent run-ins with the law have to do with the redistricting case that is currently before the courts.


Arthur Saldivar, Charged with Firearm Offenses

“It appears to be that there were high powered rifles, from distance. Those holes are quite deep and I don’t think the vests that were found here were going to do anything to that. Certainly, I believe that it was a message for me after the challenge was filed for the redistricting case.”


Hipolito Novelo

“When was the message sent?”


Arthur Saldivar

“It was sent right after Christmas. In fact my mom was here. When I am here I am normally here with my two children, both minors. So it is somewhat concerning and what is most interesting is when I told the police this, they didn’t bother didn’t bat an eye to this, didn’t even look.”


Hipolito Novelo

“What would the message be and why is it that you are linking it to the redistricting case?”


Arthur Saldivar

“I link it to the redistricting case because every time I had a situation of national importance where it had been the issue of passport scandal or now with redistricting I have been receiving threats. Now it has gone beyond threats. I actually lost my freedom for a couple of days. I don’t take that lightly. I believe that after this took place, the shots, there was an expectation that my behavior would have been curtailed to a certain degree. But I don’t fear for my life.”

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