On June 12 the district court announced that Letty Lopez had proved by clear and convincing evidence that last November’s election for Weslaco District 5 Commissioner was tainted by more illegal votes than incumbent Lupe Rivera’s margin of victory. (NLF represents Lopez.) Rivera immediately claimed he would appeal. Lopez requested that the district court sign a judgment that includes an expedited appellate schedule, so that District 5 may finally hold a free and fair election as soon as possible. Rivera has notified the court that he objects to the proposal to expedite the appeal, but he hasn’t provided any reason why. Instead, he has requested a hearing, which he says can’t occur until his attorney is available July 28 at the earliest. This is Lopez’s response, filed today.