Let’s hear the truth
By 12/14/2000 00:00:00
Special to the Ellis County Press
I have sat by and listened to all of the denials, lies and misleading statements until now. This sort of action by our elected officials makes me sick to my stomach.
Never in all of my years of professional service have I observed a more despicable showing of official misconduct. I am shocked and dismayed by the depth of the corruption and deceit within our county government.
We have an elected constable, Perry Curry, who is willing to abuse his powers, violate the rights of others, and perjure himself in a court of law. This very same constable is willing to deny wrongdoing, fabricate evidence, tamper with witnesses and obstruct justice.
The very same constable was the target of a federal civil rights violation investigation.
Do I know this for sure you may ask? Most certainly. I personally met with FBI agent Mary Lords in the Dallas Field Division to discuss witness statements and to release evidence on the case.
You know, the case the DA doesn't remember. I also know how a certain Waxahachie Police Department narcotics investigators fiancée, (now wife), delivered cocaine to a local task force officer on two separate occasions and was never formally charged.
I believe there were at least five police officers involved in the negotiations to keep her out of jail. The very same officer helped in taking statements from Steve Raney, encouraging him to implicate me. Seems the file might have disappeared from the task force, but one copy survives.
This case has been one of the worst examples of a defendant's right to presumption of innocence I have ever seen.
Never in my life would I have believed a district attorney's office would knowingly and intentionally suppress evidence.
Nor would I have believed they would intentionally and willfully neglect their sworn duty to pursue justice.
The case against Steven Howard Raney was a mockery of Justice. The end result reflected this injustice when the state was forced to allow Raney a suspended sentence for a crime he had readily admitted committing.
The state had come to realize this defendant just couldn't tell the truth.
But then again, the district attorney's office was actively suppressing exculpatory evidence from Raney's attorney's that would have damaged their case.
Oh what a tangled web we weave…… Well I know the truth.
I know who released the Raney files from the district attorney's office to the FBI.
I just wonder if this prosecutor told his boss about it, or did he think it wasn't that important.
I also know some of the people Constable Curry told about slapping Raney around before he took his statement.
And yes, there is more than one person, including a district attorney investigator.
And yes I have proof of that also.
My trial date is over. I was fully prepared to defend my name and character by testifying to the truth.
I was advised I could not hope to have a fair trial in Ellis County. I was reminded the district attorney's office was doing everything they could to deny me a fair and just hearing.
I was also told it would cost another $10,000 just for the trial and $10-15,000 more for the appeal.
I was 'offered' a misdemeanor plea bargain in exchange for not going to trial, and I accepted.
I did not, however, agree not to tell the whole sordid little story about the lies, corruption, and misconduct.
Everyone involved in this case is welcome to respond, and I hope they do. I can't help but notice how they have chosen not to address allegations up to this point.
It seems if we ignore things long enough today, they just go away. Tomorrow's news erases today's. Well, this isn't going away.
Next week we'll just start at the beginning.