Texas state Rep. Ron Reynolds (D) went straight from the courtroom to prison for chasing ambulances. Texas has a state law that lawyers must wait 30 days before contacting prospective clients. But that wasn’t his only offense. He was bribing a man to get him names off the police reports and who would try to convince them to sign with Reynolds. He was paid an average of $1,000 for every client Reynolds’ firm signed up. Seven other lawyers were also in on the scheme.
The eight were cited for the crimes committed in 2013. The other seven lawyers plead guilty and received probation. Reynolds decided to fight it and as a result, he will be spending the next year, minus time off for good behavior, behind bars. The judge had him taken directly from the courtroom to the prison where he will be serving his time. Even though he was going to trial, the good people in his district saw fit to reelect him to the state legislature.
Reynolds held out hope of winning his trial until the man who was selling him the names decided to testify for the state.
In testimony last week, Robert Ramirez Valdez, Sr., a four-time felon, alleged that the lawmaker paid him an average of $1,000 for each client recruited for his law firm.
Valdez said he would glean names of accident victims from police reports and persuade them to sign a contract for Reynolds to represent them. Reynolds contended that he did not know the clients were being illegally solicited; prosecutors said Reynolds was one of eight lawyers paying Valdez thousands of dollars to do just that. Valdez is serving a five-year prison sentence for his role in the scheme.
During the trial, several witnesses who said they had signed contracts for Reynolds to represent them said they never saw him in person until coming to the courtroom for his criminal trial.
Look. He’s a Democrat AND he’s a lawyer……………….Of course, he’s unethical.
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