DA Abel Reyna (seated in boat, L) casts his bait in the swimming pool
DEFENSE BAR JEERS AT LAST MINUTE REFUSAL TO PROSECUTE TWIN PEAKS CASES ON EVE OF HEARING INTO FED PROBE
WACO – Lawyers representing clients released from prosecution for engaging in organized criminal behavior in the Twin Peaks cases called BS when DA Abel Reyna made his announcement on Wednesday.
To a man and woman, the barristers all said the same thing.
Reyna is facing extensive civil litigation in federal court in which defendants are seeking multimillions in money damages.
He cannot afford the addition to the court record of the testimony of members of his own staff acknowledging they gave statements against him to FBI Special Agent Dan Brust regarding criminal misconduct.
Former First Assistant District Attorney Gary Davis, Lead Prosecutor Michael Jarrett, and Assistant DA Amanda Dillon were scheduled to testify at a hearing on Thursday morning regarding the cases of defendants facing prosecution.
Their allegations include the dismissal of cases for campaign contributors on a quid pro quo basis, involvement with illegal gambling, misplacement of drug evidence, and the intimidation of a special prosecutor assigned to the DWI trial of a prominent couple employed at Baylor University.
It is the second time Reyna has made the same maneuver to avoid that testimony being placed on the record. He previously dismissed 13 cases, allegedly for the same reason.
In a joint press release by attorneys representing the 13 defendants whose cases were either dismissed, or the 24 whose cases are refused for prosecution, Pia Lederman, Gary Smart and John Stickels of Arlington, and Reed Prospere of Dallas said:
He is afraid to have a hearing into his actions and he will go to any lengths, no matter how embarrassingly transparent, to avoid such a hearing. Meanwhile, even though Reyna waits until the eve of hearings to file dismissals for cases that should never have been indicted, he insults the intelligence of McLennan County citizens by claiming that the dismissals are the result of a further investigation of the cases. Mr. Reyna again needs to be reminded that, in America, prosecutors investigate before they indict and do not wait for hearings into their political opportunism to evaluate cases for dismissal.
Reed Prospere said of the strategy, “He couldn’t have more of an ass of himself…Of 177 arrests and 155 indictments, there are probably between 15 to 20 cases they could file a charge on and obtain a conviction.”
He represents Brian Logan, whose case was dismissed. “There is no chance that they are going to re-file these cases,” he said. “If you have an IQ higher than a grapefruit, you’re not voting for Abel Reyna on March 6.”
In a poignant Facebook entry, Casie Gotro, defense counsel from Houston who battled Reyna, Jarrett, and Dillon to a mistrial in the case against Dallas Bandidos President Jake Carrizal, the only case to be presented to a trial jury so far, said:
Manuel Rodriguez aka Candyman was killed in the parking lot of Twin Peaks. Shot in the face with a 9mm handgun before he could even turn his bike off. The spot where he fell has been defiled with graffitti. “FL”. Fucking Loser. The gun that fired the death shot was recovered from a saddle bag on a motorcycle parked in front of TP. Able Reyna just dismissed the charges against the man who parked it there.
She stopped short of naming the alleged assailant, adding, “I am sick to my stomach.” She is in a position to know. Ms. Gotro is one of the few persons on the planet who has examined and catalogued the estimated 2 million documents and items in evidence in the prosecution’s trial brief turned over on discovery.
Cases against the following have been dismissed:
Raymond Hawes, Daniel Johnson, Edward Keller Jr., Jeremy King, Brian Logan, Robert Nichols, Anthony Shane Palmer, Victor Pizana, Clayton Reed, Sergio Reyes, Gregory Salazar, Seth A. Smith and Ricky Wycough
Prosecutors have refused the charges against the following defendants:
Steven Walker, Jimmy Spencer, Bobby Samford, Julie Perkins, Morgan English, William English, Benjamin Matcek, Jimmy Smith, Bradley Terwilliger, Justin Waddington, Daryle Walker, Royce Vanvleck, Christopher Eaton, Brian Eickenhorst, Arley Harris, James Venable, Jeremy Ojeda, Kevin Rash, Richard Kreder, Owen Bartlett, Richard Dauley, Craig Rodahl, Walter Weaver and Michael Woods.
So mote it be.
- The Legendary