Friday, October 19, 2012

DA's office joins global electronic village

The people's law firm has a new shingle - in cyberspace

Cases chronicled step by step through day

Waco – If you're interested in a criminal case, you don't have to wait for news from local news outlets and print media.

Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna
Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna has you covered with updates throughout the day that are broadcast on Facebook and Twitter.

For instance, yesterday afternoon, there appeared the notice that at 8:30 this morning, jury selection would begin in 19 Criminal District Court in the case of Christopher Shannon Robles, a man accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

At the lunch break, the word went out that the trial would resume at 1:30 p.m.

When the jurors began their deliberations, anyone who cared to let the “McLennan County District Attorney's Office Abel Reyna” send an automatic update to their phone, tablet, or computer knew it instantaneously.

Following a guilty verdict, the clients of "the people's law firm" were informed that closing arguments had begun in the penalty phase of the trial.

When the jury recommended a sentence of 75 years in the penitentiary and a $10,000 fine, the office – which is billed as “the law firm of the People of the State of Texas” by the boss, Abel Reyna – released a written statement.

“The bravery, strength and persistence of the two victims in this case ensured that this defendant will not prey on any more children and their families. Communities should be very proud,” said Staci Smith, an Assistant District Attorney.

Reached for comment, a beaming Felipe Reyna, Mr. Reyna's father and a former District Attorney of McLennan County and 10th District Court of Appeals Associate Justice, said, “You don't have to wait for KWTX or Channel 6 or the Waco Tribune-Herald any more. It's right there on Facebook and Twitter.” 

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