Not even the Waco Tribune-Herald can tease McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna (see video below) out of his safe space.
“Safe space” became the official, trending buzzword this month after student protesters at the University of Missouri in Columbia declared that an encampment they had set up was a “safe space,” and therefore a news media free zone. Protesters forbid a student photographer named Tim Tai, on assignment for ESPN, from photographing the encampment. Tai tried to explain that he was working for ESPN and futilely argued that “the First Amendment protects your right to be here and mine.” The cry bullies who pushed him out did not care.
During the encounter a professor named Melissa Click, initially identified as a professor at Missouri’s prestigious journalism school, tried to grab his camera and yelled, “Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here.”
Then the mob shouted “Hey hey, ho ho, reporters have got to go.”
Safe spaces have been popping up at brand name universities for the last year. They are places of rigid social orthodoxy, or political correctness, where no one is allowed to disagree. The New York Times reported last March that a safe space at Brown University, “was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma.”
Whatever his safe space looks like, Reyna spent all of yesterday in it while a group of 25 – 30 lawyers who represent most of the 106 people indicted so far, for attending the worst brunch ever at the Waco Twin Peaks last May 17, staged a video opportunity press event. The Waco paper categorized thepresser at the Waco Hilton as “a lot of bluster but very little new information.”
Steadfast police propagandist Tommy Witherspoon wearily noticed that the attorneys who spoke “continued to sound what has become a common refrain among attorneys for the bikers and many in the motorcycle community – the entire Twin Peaks episode has been mishandled by police and prosecutors since before the first bullet was fired outside the crowded restaurant that Sunday afternoon.”
It only took the Tribune-Herald six months to get there.
Then in the most telling line in the story, the Tribune-Herald reported, “Reyna did not return a phone message left at his office Thursday.”
But there was in fact, actual news to report from the press event although the Tribune-Herald overlooked it. Dallas lawyer Susan Anderson, who did most of the talking yesterday, revealed that Reyna is refusing to turn over evidence in the case to defense lawyers unless they first sign a written agreement not to share the evidence with the press. In other words, Reyna wants to create a news media free safe space around this appalling case because he is convinced that his own puerile conduct should be beyond scrutiny, criticism or the rule of law.
The refusal to turn over the evidence is illegal. It violates Texas’ “Michael Morton Act.” The law is named for a man named Michael Morton who spent 25 years in prison because a prosecutor withheld evidence in order better secure a conviction. Reyna is clearly withholding evidence now in order to better secure convictions.
But Reyna has heard none of this and since he lives in Waco he probably never will. He is in his safe space where everybody must think he is doing a hell of a job or they must get the hell out.