Lawyer calls Reyna a liar in appeal to higher court

Dallas attorney F. Clinton Broden (r) says DA lied on the witness stand

 Waco – McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna not only lied in contradictory testimony about consulting the peace officer who signed affidavits of warrantless arrest, he “orchestrated the wholesale arrest” of 177 bikers on May 17, 2015 following a massacre at a Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting at Twin Peaks Restaurant.

Furthermore, according to Dallas lawyer F. Clinton Broden, who represents former Scimitars motorcycle club member Matthew Clendennen in his petition for mandamus relief in the Waco 10th District Court of Appeals, Reyna “must see these frivolous persecutions through in order to embolden his position in the (resulting) civil rights cases pending in Federal Court.”

According to the filing, Broden is seeking to move Judge Matt Johnson of the 54th Criminal District Court to order Reyna to “hand this case over to an independent prosecutor” because:

  • Testimony of police officers at a hearing that Reyna ordered them to drop an investigation of capital murder and aggravated assault and arrest everyone wearing colors for engaging in organized criminal activity;
  • Reyna testified under oath that he had extensive discussions with Waco Police Detective Manuel Chavez about affidavits used to charge 177 defendants, but Chavez later testified that “…he never even saw Reyna that night…”;
  • The DA also testified that he expects the taxpayers of McLennan County to indemnify him in any judgments in civil rights cases filed for wrongful arrest, “it was later determined that McLennan County Commissioners have made no such agreement with him.”

Said Broden, “all Mr. Clendennen wants is simply to be afforded his due process rights under the United States Constitution and Texas Constitution and have his case prosecuted by an unbiased prosecutor who did not talk reluctant police into arresting him. Mr. Clendennen deserves that, the McLennan County taxpayers deserve that, and the criminal justice system as a whole deserves that.”

It is his defense that Matthew Clendennen was unaware of any war between the Cossacks and Bandidos Motorcycle Club, and that when the shooting erupted, he fled to a hiding place inside the building where police later arrested him without incident.

Broden earlier filed a motion to reveal the identities of confidential informants and undercover police officers who participated in events leading up to the meeting and at the time of the terror that occurred while posing as members of the motorcycle clubs.

 

 

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