Editor’s Note: Following the original release of this story on July 25, 2019, KXAN received information from the Williamson County Attorney’s Office that the drug charge in the case against the attorney had been dismissed. The Williamson County Prosecutor moved for the dismissal, citing concerns about admission of drug evidence after the Williamson County Sheriff’s office failed to release the names of the Live PD crew or the search and seizure video. KXAN removed the lawyer’s name.
AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) – Williamson County MPs rummaged through a lawyer’s BMW in Austin in July 2019 while a national television audience was watching. The MPs pulled the man up and claimed he had not used a blinker.
This obstruction to traffic resulted in a criminal offense for manufacturing or supplying a controlled substance against this lawyer. The drug listed in the court records is methamphetamine.
Almost a year later, on June 9, 2020, the Williamson County District Attorney ordered the judge to dismiss the charges. Williamson District Court judge Rick Kennon signed the dismissal notice that same day.
“This case has very significant 4th Amendment concerns that could very well lead to one
Suppression of all drug evidence. These concerns are made unsolvable by Big Fish Media and the WCSO’s refusal to provide the names and contact information of ALL witnesses present on site, as well as the companies that refuse to provide the raw video footage of the taped stop, search, and arrest from the ‘Live PD ‘crew on site, “Williamson County’s Assistant District Attorney Dee McWilliams wrote on the state’s motion for dismissal.
MEPs stopped traffic while live PD was taping. The lawyer was listed as a driver – and according to the criminal complaint, the only person in the car.
Williamson County MPs allowed the television broadcast to record and broadcast the search for the man’s car just inches from the MPs who conducted the search. Still images from the show depict MPs searching the trunk of the man’s BMW along Anderson Mill Road in Austin.
This is the drug inventory reported by Williamson County MPs following a search of a lawyer’s car in Austin on July 20, 2019.
Court records show that the only charges against the man are related to the methamphetamine, although the other MPs reported drugs and paraphernalia found in his car.
“Based on my education and experience, as well as the quantity, variety and packaging of controlled substances and the fact that some substances were packaged in small quantities for individual resale, I have noticed this [the attorney] wanted to resell the controlled substances, ”wrote Deputy J. Pereira in the criminal complaint.
The attorney told KXAN that he had “no comment” on a call on his cell phone Thursday. The man left Williamson County Jail on a Sunday on bail for $ 50,000.
Calls and emails to the attorney’s law office asking about his employment status have not yet been returned.
The office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the Texas Bar Association is aware of the man’s indictment. The CDC told KXAN that the charges were questioning the “coercive discipline” attorney, according to Claire Reynolds, public affairs attorney for the office.
However, according to Reynolds, the CDC would have to await a conviction on charges to initiate mandatory disciplinary proceedings. As of this report, the Texas Bar shows that the man’s license is in good shape.