Give Reyna the boot

The Supreme Court of the United States long ago said the prosecutor’s role is to ensure that “guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer,” and that “[i]t is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring out a just one.”

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna appears incapable of committing his office to these principles. This has been especially so in high-profile cases such as the Baylor University scandal and Twin Peaks shootings. In the first Baylor football player case [Tevin Elliott], it was discovered after the trial that a 30-minute video of the time and place of the alleged crime was inexplicably missing from the middle of a five-hour security video produced by the apartment complex. In the second case [Sam Ukwuachu], prosecutors threatened an alibi witness and misrepresented to the jury that cellphone evidence proved he was lying. In both cases, prosecutors’ tactics resulted in convictions, though one was overturned on appeal.

Prosecutorial tactics such as these appear to have collapsed under the sheer weight and publicity of the recent Twin Peaks cases. Once again, Reyna’s office has been accused of withholding evidence and has been forced to dismiss more than a dozen biker cases that had been pending almost three years.

If the Supreme Court’s proclamation of the role of prosecutors carries any weight with McLennan County residents, then Abel Reyna needs to be replaced. As a Waco native with strong connections to the community, I am tired of Waco making national headlines for all the wrong reasons, particularly due to misplaced ambitions of politicians and government officials. Vote according to your conscience, but please do what is best for Waco and McLennan County.

Paul Vitanza, Fort Worth

Evil man versus God

“Enough is enough” scream lunatic lefties, reacting again within minutes of this latest unspeakable tragedy. Well, for once, I agree wholeheartedly. Enough soft-target shooting galleries for the insane, enough unarmed teachers, enough blaming legally armed law-abiding citizens for acts of criminals — and enough political/media elitists’ demagoguery.

Bottom line: Evil man hates God, evil man hates himself, evil man obtains gun, evil man seeks gun-free zone, evil man slaughters innocence. It only ends when we help evil man find God or we are prepared to stop evil man with a gun by a good man or woman with a gun. Ignoring either, expect more of the same.

Jamie Amos, Waco

Short answer: Yes

Did Scott Felton tell the McLennan County commissioners in 2012 that he would not seek re-election if he was appointed to the post of county judge to fill out the remaining term of Jim Lewis?

John R. Cawthron Sr., McGregor