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Texas state Rep. Ron Reynolds accused of unlawful solicitation of business
Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012, 05:13PM CST
By Mark Lisheron
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State Rep. Ron Reynolds was released on $5,000 bail early this morning from the Harris County Jail on a charge of barratry.

Yeah, we know. After more than 30 years in the news business, your correspondent had to look up barratry. According to the Texas penal code, it means illegally soliciting business. (See Section 38.12 here.)

For an attorney like Reynolds it means, as KTRK-TV in Houston so delicately put it, “ambulance chasing.” Barratry for an attorney is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Just exactly what prompted the barratry charge and Reynolds’ arrest is unclear. Watchdog left messages seeking comment from Reynolds, 29, this morning with his Bellaire law firm, Brown, Brown & Reynolds, and with his District 27 office in Missouri City.

Reynolds, D-Missouri City, is completing his first term as a state representative for Arcola, Fresno, parts of Houston, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Stafford and Sugar Land.

It is also unclear whether Reynolds came across the term barratry during his stints as president of the Houston Lawyers Association and as adjunct professor at his undergraduate alma mater, Texas Southern University.

Reynolds earned his law degree at Texas Tech University.

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Comments
David Reitz
Thursday, 04/26/2012 - 07:38AM

Hmmm - rather rare charge. When a lawyer presses charges against a politician, it is probably best to wait for the courts to decide if he is guilty or if the charge was political in nature. Some people make sport of mocking the problems of people of the other political party but that hardly seems the Christian repsonse. Ron (and all TX lawmakers) sacrificed to serve our community for $600 a month. And he beat an ineffective incumbent to do so. No one stepped up to run on the Republican ticket so give him credit for serving us in a way no one else is willing to do.

Beverly Carter
Thursday, 04/26/2012 - 02:02PM

Something doesn't smell right here. Reynolds is notoriously absent-minded (a friend says he was at dinner with him one night and looked down and Ron had on two different shoes) but what he is being accused of happens hundreds of times a day in Texas.

Do you think this had anything to do with the fact that for a brief time his district included Sugar Creek, the bastion of Republicanism is Fort Bend County? It's going to be interesting to see what lawyer made the charge.

von
Friday, 10/26/2012 - 08:54PM

Well I'm a victim of him I actually signed the contract a few days later I sen commercial bout barrtary I immediatly thought I was a victim I went to steve lee he didn't help so I didn't know what to do I spoke to reynoldsover the phone to settle case I haven't heard anything from him in six months. So he wrong no matter what he has done good.

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