Mañana, there will be a special place in Hell for McLennan County prosecutor Abelino Reyna. Mañana. Always Mañana.
Here, now, today Reyna is the subject of a tone deaf, 1,400 word article published by Texas Lawyer and written by staff writer Miriam Rozen. It is an article aimed at people who have never heard of what Reyna calls the “Battle of Twin Peaks.”
“Before he was elected in 2011 to serve as the McLennan County district attorney,” Rozen begins, “Abel Reyna represented criminal defense clients for 13 years. So Reyna, not surprisingly, offers an opinion – or two – about the strategies of a criminal defense lawyer who represents one of the 155 bikers who was indicted based on charges stemming from a May 17, 2015, shootout in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas.
“‘There is no way in hell I would be a part of those shenanigans,’ Reyna said about criminal defense lawyer Clint Broden of Broden & Mickelsen in Dallas.”
Obviously Broden does not subscribe to Texas Lawyer and Reyna does.
Writ Of Mandamus
Rozen describes the “shenanigans” to which Reyna refers as a 9,252 word Writ of Mandamus Broden filed last December with the Tenth Court of Appeals in Waco. Broden asks the learned justices – who loiter in the same courthouse and probably drink from the same toilets as Judge Matt Johnson, Reyna’s former law partner – to overrule Johnson and remove Reyna from the case.
The issue according to Broden, is whether his client, Matthew “Clendennen is denied due process by allowing the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office to prosecute him in this case given the fact that the elected District Attorney as well as some of his assistants will be necessary witnesses at trial and given that the elected District Attorney has a huge financial interest in the outcome of these prosecutions. Stated another way, whether (Judge Johnson) abused his discretion in denying Mr. Clendennen’s Motion to Disqualify McLennan County District Attorney’s Office and Appoint an Attorney Pro Tem.”
According to numerous witnesses who have already testified in Johnson’s court, Reyna did not merely prosecute a case presented to him by police. Reyna actually participated in the police investigation and wanted, advocated for and recommended the arrests of all Bandidos, Cossacks and members motorcycle clubs that could be tied to either of those clubs in even the slightest way. Reyna passed a law on the spot that outlawed all indicators of membership in a motorcycle club. Consequently 177, mostly innocent people were arrested and held on million dollar bails in an inadequate jail. The experience troubled most of them. It was the sort of experience that the Founding Fathers of the United States expressly sought to forbid
According to testimony already presented, Reyna ordered then police chief Brent Stroman by phone to authorize the mass arrests of witnesses being held at the Waco Convention Center. Stroman was out of town at the time and had no idea what the witnesses were being arrested for.
Texas Lawyer goes out of its way to let Reyna claim, “The chief made the call.”
You can read this example of trade magazine junk journalism for yourself right here.