Information about the upcoming trial of state Rep. Ron Reynolds’, D-Missouri City, on charges of “ambulance chasing”, will be hard to come by. A Montgomery County district court issued a gag order forbidding all parties, witnesses and law enforcement from speaking to anyone — including the media — about the case.
The order comes on the heels of Reynolds’ previous trial that ended in a mistrial last week after a juror said outside influences weighed on her determination that the lawmaker was guilty. The judge explained in the order that the court is “concerned about the sanctity of jury deliberations and does not want to taint any prospective jurors.”
Reynolds is accused of illegally offering legal services to accident victims within 30 days of their incidents. He handily won re-election on Nov. 4, garnering 66 percent of the vote.
His new trial is set for Jan. 5 — a week before the 84th Legislature gavels in.