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McLennan DA implements 'one size fits all' DWI deals, but a deal takes two

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In Waco, McLennan County DA and John-Bradley wannabe Abel Reyna has implemented a new policy for first-time DWI defendants that "prohibits DA assistants from negotiating plea deals and sets probationers up for failure with higher fines and related fees," according to a story forwarded to me by a reader by Tommy Witherspoon at the Waco Tribune Herald ("DA's DWI policy under fire from area attorneys," Feb. 19, behind paywall).Remarkably, "The policy is so unpopular that attorney Damon Reed, Reyna?s former law partner, asked a judge last week to order the district attorney?s office into mediation with Reed?s 23-year-old DWI client because of Reed?s perception that the district attorney?s office won?t negotiate or treat defendants fairly." A judge denied the motion, but attorney Damon Reed, who is Reyna's former law partner, criticized new DA's approach as a "one size fits all" policy...continue to full post

Full post as published by Grits for Breakfast on February 20, 2012 (boomark / email).

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