ELSA, Texas (AP) _ The Texas Supreme Court says a convicted felon re-elected as a South Texas constable can't stay in office while his appeals process is pending.
The state's high civil court ruled Friday that Eduardo "Walo" Bazan must leave his post as Precinct 5 constable of Hidalgo County.
Bazan is appealing both his 2006 conviction on felony theft charges and a state district court order suspending him from office, The Monitor in McAllen reported.
Bazan is a five-term incumbent who is popular for his policies of patrolling the streets around schools and providing free escort services for funerals.
Bazan's conviction stems from using seized property for personal use.
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