Ft. Worth – An attorney for a Twin Peaks defendant released a letter written by McLennan County Criminal District Attorney to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles requesting the full pardon of a convicted drug dealer.
DA, Abel Reyna, called the letter “ridiculous” when confronted with reports of the letter reported by Greg Davis, a former Chief Prosecutor in the office of the District Attorney, to the FBI in a federal investigation.
Brian Bouffard, who is representing Jorge Salinas in an indictment recommended by Reyna in the Twin Peaks cases, released this material today.
“In addition to having cases dismissed for political and/or personal reasons, I also know that Reyna wrote at least one letter requesting a full pardon for a campaign supporter’s relative. For example, even though the DA’s office had a policy of opposing early parole for offenders, Reyna wrote a letter in December 2013 requesting a full pardon for Sammy Citrano’s nephew, Kevin Chirafis, who had been convicted of the felony offense of Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Brazos County.”
Greg Davis, it should be recalled, has been described by Mr. Reyna as a “disgruntled former employee” and Mr. Reyna has stated in the press that the information provided by Mr. Davis is “ridiculous” and “untruthful.” It appears that Mr. Reyna is denying writing any such letter. Mr. Davis said he did write it. Someone is indeed lying. Who could it be?
Yesterday, through a request under the Texas Public Information Act, my office obtained a copy of this letter from Mr. Reyna to the Board of Pardons and Paroles, described by Mr. Davis. Though the letter states that it was “not printed at taxpayer expense,” it was written on the official letterhead of the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office. In the letter, Abel Reyna admits to regularly socializing and becoming “good friends” with a convicted drug dealer, and supports Mr. Chirafis’s request for a full pardon from the governor.
Mr. Chirafis can be seen in the attached picture at a Reyna fundraiser wearing a Reyna campaign t-shirt. His uncle, Sammy Citrano, has donated over $5,000 to Reyna’s campaigns over the years, including $1,200 in the months prior to Mr. Reyna writing the letter.
Since he hasn’t yet sworn an oath to tell the truth and is therefore shielded from accountability for perjury, Mr. Reyna continues to disparage those who stood up – and stand up today – against his corruption and political opportunism, continues to deny abusing his office and the citizens of McLennan County for his own ambition in Texas politics, and continues to deny all personal wrongdoing. This is all “untruthful” and “ridiculous,” he says. But to borrow his own language from his letter in support of a pardon for a campaign supporter’s felony drug dealing conviction, “actions speak louder than words.”
Brian Bouffard, attorney for Jorge Salinas
So mote it be.
- The Legendary