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FBI investigates Constable Curry for reported civil rights violation

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Special to the Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - The Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly is looking into a possible civil rights violation involving Ellis County Constable Perry 'Bubba' Curry.

Sources close to the investigation report it involves the 1995 arrest of Steven Howard Raney, one of Curry's reserve deputy constables.

According to information received, the FBI initially contacted the Ellis County District Attorney's Office last summer and requested all files on the arrest of Raney and another deputy constable, Rodney Ramsey.

Allegations have been made saying Constable Curry assaulted Raney prior to the deputy giving a formal statement. Although the allegations have not been substantiated at the press time, the FBI has interviewed several witnesses.

District Attorney Joe Grubbs told the Ellis County Press he was not aware of any FBI investigation and did not remember his office providing any files. 'I don't think the FBI is looking into it, not at all,' Grubbs said.

The DA did say his office has heard of the allegation, investigated it and 'determined that there is not a basis of truth.'

Constable Curry said he was 'advised not to comment.'

According to motions filed by Raney's attorneys one year ago, Constable Curry physically assaulted Raney before giving his statement. Raney's attorneys also claim both Curry and former Waxahachie police officer Mathew Boyden has taken the statement from Raney while he was heavily under the influence of cocaine.

Other motions filed on Raney's behalf assert both Curry and Boyden knew Raney was unable to keep his story straight at the time of questioning due to cocaine intoxication. Raney allegedly kept changing the times, dates and facts of a reported theft of cocaine.

The supporting motions state the officers had to re-start the statement four times before receiving the one used in the indictments of Raney and Ramsey.

'I talked to everybody who was there, who had first-hand knowledge of what happened,' Grubbs said of Curry's session with Raney. 

Raney originally was convicted of tampering with physical evidence and received a 10-year sentence. Raney's attorney filed with the Count of Appeals and won on the grounds of judicial misconduct and poor representation.

The Ellis County District Attorney's office appealed to the Court of Criminal Appeals but lost on a 5-4 vote to have the case heard, according to Grubbs. Raney's case was remanded to Ellis County for a new sentencing phase. Grubbs, though, termed it a new trial.

In April 1999, the DA's office gave Raney a 10-year probated sentence.

The FBI investigation reportedly has entered a second phase. Agents conducting the investigation, which is now in its 10th month, have interviewed several Ellis County officials.

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Dick Frakes 04/27/2013 12:45:18
Bubba Curry is a first class jerk. I had to file for chp 11 in 2001, Bubba boy gave a small claims claim with two of his deputies who gave them to two of my drivers. Now this is a fact of law. Legal papers have to be served to an officer of the said corporation. If they're delivered to anybody else it's
( A FELONY ) - He shows up to my business a couple months later acting like a mafia boss and said " I can sell this and that etc. I ask him what he was talking about. I told him I wasn't served anything - didn't know what he was talking about. He then threw me up against the wall put cuffs on me. He then took me before a Judge in Midlothian and told him he feared I would hurt him or myself. This jerk just makes things up.
My atty filed suit - but in the mean time I was able to pay all creditors in full, sold my realestate and retired. I just let it go. I have heard of some of the unjust actions he has pulled on people in the County. This guy has absolutely no business with a badge. He can't contain himself.
The only reason he put me in cuffs is because he knew I was not properly served. I had three other small claims served and they were properly served. And then turned over to bankruptcy court.
There were no problems at all. Like I said this guy Bubba is a Jerk.
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