A Bad Year for Abel Reyna

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It's been a bad year for Abel Reyna.

First, one of Reyna's assistant DA's embarrassed his boss by picking up another prosecutor's handgun and blowing out an office window. Assistant District Attroney Michael Jarrett added to the stupidity by stating that he was being "extremely safe" by pointing the Glock at the window as he pulled the trigger. Just for the record, folks: "extremely safe" would mean not touching the trigger of a firearm that you have not personally cleared of all ammunition.

Shortly thereafter, employees of AR's office began heading for the exits amid allegations of corruption. Former chief deputy prosecutor Greg Davis has finally said why he left:

"First, I lost all confidence in Abel Reyna's leadership," Davis said. "And secondly, I wanted no part of a two-tiered justice system in which a favored few received special, preferential treatment. It's wrong and contrary to the basic belief that I've always held as a prosecutor that a person's connections and status in the community should not determine how they're treated in the criminal justice system."

Who is receiving "special, preferential treatment" from our supposedly tough-on-crime DA? One wonders if Davis was referring to the alleged sweetheart deal that, according to special prosecutor Brittany Lannen, would have buried DWI charges for a couple of well-connected offenders.

As all of this was breaking, Reyna looked weak and incompetent. Desperately needing a win to improve his damaged reputation, Reyna chose to personally retry Ed Graf for the 1986 death of Graf's two stepsons. In doing so, AR set the stage for a tense courtroom drama that could have worked in his favor. But things didn't go as planned.

During deliberation, Reyna allowed Graf to plead guilty and accept a 60 year sentence. Graf had already been in prison since 1988 when his first conviction was overturned, and the time served would be counted towards his parole eligibility. Because of the law that existed at the time of the offense, Graf would not only be eligible for parole, he would be freed under mandatory supervised release immediately upon conviction.

But maybe Abel hadn't done his homework. He was apparently unaware of this point of law and accepted the plea deal just as the jury was reaching a guilty verdict. When news of Graf's impending release went public, AR personal media circus started throwing tomatoes.

A child murderer is walking free, and the McLennan County District Attorney is an incompetent lawyer. Stumping and grandstanding can only get you so far as a DA. At the end of the day, you still have to know the law.

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