Born in Houston, Texas, Crane, a Mexican-American, graduated from the University of Texas with his Bachelor"s degree in Economics in 1985 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1987.
He joined the Court in April 2002 after being nominated by President George West. Bush. He is also a brother of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Crane was a private practice attorney in the State of Texas from 1988 to 2002 at the firm of Atlas and Hall, Limited liability partnership Southern District of Texas On the recommendation of Texas United States. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Philosophy Gramm, Crane was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas by President George West. Bush on September 21, 2001 to a new seat created by 114 Statistics
2762, which was approved by Congress.
Crane was confirmed by the United States. Senate on March 18, 2002 on a Senate vote of 91-0 and received commission on March 19, 2002. He currently resides in the McAllen division of the Southern District of Texas.
Gulf Cartel In April 2008, Judge Crane presided over the case of Carlos Landin-Martinez, nicknamed "El Puma," a retired Mexican state police commander who was the number two in command for the notorious Gulf Cartel in Mexico. Landin-Martinez was sentenced to life in prison for federal drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy charges.
Sheriff drug smuggling Judge Crane presided in the case of former Starr County Sheriff Reymundo “Rey” Guerra who was sentenced by the judge on August 26, 2009 for his role in a drug smuggling plot.
The judge sentenced the former sheriff to 56 months in prison for leaking confidential information to known drug smugglers. The judge described Guerra"s actions as "a stain on the badge." Panama Unit Judge Crane is presided over a case involving several lawmen, including the son of the Hidalgo County Sheriff and son of the City of Hidalgo Police Chief. Most of the lawmen were part of the now-defunct Panama Unit which was a narcotics task force composed of several sheriff"s deputies and officers from the Mission Police Department
The task force answered directly to Hidalgo Company
Sheriff Lupe Trevino. Also indicted for the Panama Unit"s role in stealing drug loads from drug dealers and selling them to an alleged drug trafficker includes the now former head of the Hidalgo County Sheriff"s Department Crime Stoppers, Justice of the Peace Flores.
The District Attorney for Hidalgo County, Rene Guerra, has said "“Their credibility went from absolute to zero." As a result, he believes he will have to throw out 50-75 cases from state court that relied heavily on the Panama Unit"s testimony. Sheriff Trevino has stated that "personally and professionally,” December
12, 2012, the day many of the lawmen were arrested by federal authorities was “my 9/11.” Sheriff Trevino and his number two in command, Commander Jose Padilla were subsequently arrested by HSI.
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