Updates on the Waco Biker Shooting
Now I’m confused. Isn’t McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna’s office the one that is always arguing against him being recused and the Judges as well?
This week, attorney Brian Bouffard who is representing Jorge Salinas, is seeking sanctions against Reyna. A hearing was scheduled to determine if Reyna should be removed from the Twin Peaks cases based on sworn affidavits filed in court alleging that Reyna is under FBI investigation for public corruption and other affidavits that allege Reyna uses cocaine, even had it delivered to his office. Reyna has repeatedly denied those allegations and says it’s “disgruntled employees.” I can’t imagine attorneys filing false sworn affidavits as that is a felony and at the minimum would lead to disbarment. If anything, I’m surprised that attorneys would subject themselves to such scrutiny voluntarily.
Reyna’s office argued that per the rules of procedure, there was insufficient time to prepare for the hearing. Okay, a legal argument that makes perfectly good sense, even though Judge Strother disagreed. But in doing so, the state filed a motion to have Judge Strother recused! Huh? So having a hearing a few days after a motion is filed is not enough time, but having a hearing seconds after a motion is filed is enough time? If you are confused, don’t worry, you aren’t alone! Judge Strother had to take a recess to gather his thoughts and decided he would not recuse himself voluntarily, but he now has to ask the regional administrative judge to appoint a judge to hear the recusal motion. Don’t forget, the State opposed Strother’s recusal in the Carrizal trial.
Brian Bouffard argues this is another delay tactic. Reyna is running for reelection and the theory is cases are being delayed until the elections are over to avoid more losses like the Carrizal mistrial. Word to the wise- assuming he can delay every case and wins reelection, that alone should result in a petition drive to have Reyna removed from office. I’ve said this countless of times- defendants are never in a hurry to go to trial, prosecutors always are. The fact that here it is reversed, says a lot.
Bouffard’s motion for sanctions argues that Strother’s recusal motion is a bad faith filing and solely for the purpose of delaying the trial. It’s standard wording when seeking a continuance to make reference to the fact that the continuance is being sought in good faith.
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