HOUSTON -- Charges were dropped Wednesday against Texas Representative Ronald Reynolds who was accused of barratry, the illegal solicitation of clients.
The charges were dismissed after the two investigators in the case, Lonnie Blevins and a colleague, were accused of stealing evidence. The evidence they collected could no longer be used in Reynolds case.
“It’s a classic tale of you hire a crooked man, you get a crooked result,” said Jules Laird, Reynolds’ attorney. “And what happened was the state had a crooked investigator.”
“We’re taking a hit here in the public trust area, but we’re doing our best to make sure this never happens again,” said Sara Kinney, spokesperson for the Harris County District Attorney. “And I think dismissing these cases is a good example of doing what’s right.”
More than 100 other cases are not under review.