- Associated Press - Monday, November 10, 2014

CONROE, Texas (AP) - A state district judge has thrown out the misdemeanor conviction of a Houston-area state representative.

Democratic Rep. Ron Reynolds of Missouri City was convicted Friday of misdemeanor solicitation of professional employment, after originally being accused of a felony charge of barratry - a count referring to the illegal practice sometimes called “ambulance chasing.”

But the Houston Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1tUUe1m ) that Judge Lisa Michalk reversed the jury’s verdict Monday after finding that one juror was improperly given information about the case outside of trial.

The juror allegedly heard that other attorneys linked by authorities to Reynolds had taken plea deals, something jurors weren’t supposed to know before the verdict.

Reynolds will now go on trial again. Michalk scheduled the case for March 30.


Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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