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Disgraced State Rep and Doctor Wife Cyber Panhandling

Webster defines dignity as “a way of appearing or behaving that suggests seriousness and self-control. : the quality of being worthy of honor or respect.” Apparently, Ron and Jonita Reynolds have their own definition.

Days after Rep. Ron Reynolds’ conviction on barratry (a.k.a. ambulance chasing) charges, one-year sentence, and his subsequent release on bond pending appeal, the Reynolds are publicly asking for help, portraying themselves as victims.

Jonita Reynolds posted a plea on social media, referring to her husband’s November 20 conviction in Montgomery County as a “modern-day lynching,” and accused the county of trying to strip them of their “dignity,” and of their “character,” among other accusations. Few could argue that both Ron and Jonita Reynolds are characters. However, “dignity” is another matter entirely.

It is important to note, the Montgomery County charges were not the first time Reynolds was in trouble. He was in hot water with the Texas Ethics Commission over campaign finance violations in 2008 and wound up owing more than $10,000 in fines. He was previously accused of barratry as well, facing charges in Harris County a few years before Montgomery County. That case was dropped because of accusations against an investigator in the case, but Reynolds’ luck did not hold out in the Montgomery County case. Furthermore, he claims he was singled out. The “lynching” reference was not the only racially charged statement or post made by the Reynolds. The representative has also invoked the name of Clarence Brandley, a black Montgomery County man, who spent years on death row, falsely accused of a 1980 murder.

Online, Reynolds posted, “I was wrongfully charged and convicted of misdemeanor Barrarty [sic] (the unlawful solicitation [sic] of accident clients within 31 days of the accident) by a Montgomery County District Attorney’s office that has a history of racial disparities [sic] toward African Americans. Remember the Clarence Brandley case and the movie “Whitewash”.”

In addition to the obviously grossly unbalanced martyrdom comparison to a janitor falsely convicted of a crime for which he spent almost a decade awaiting death, it should also be noted that Reynolds seems to indict the entire Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office based on that case. District Attorney Brett Ligon, who filed the case against Reynolds, was in elementary school when Clarence Brandley was convicted in 1981, almost 35 years ago. As for the suggestion that race played a role in the trial, a look at the easily accessible jail roster will show anyone who is interested the racial diversity of those prosecuted in Montgomery County.

Reynolds is an attorney and a politician, and he knows how to get a reaction. Both careers are based on knowing how to persuade and manipulate people. It only makes sense that when faced with mounting legal bills and bad press, someone with that skill set would put it to use. Ron Reynolds has done just that, with the help of his wife and some loyal friends.

Every day, those who use social media are inundated with pleas for help, mostly monetary, to benefit people in desperate situations often involving unanticipated expenses due to medical emergencies, house fires, deaths, or other life events beyond their control. As of last Tuesday, one more cause was added to that list. Not one, but two pages appeared on the popular crowd funding site called Go Fund Me, for the purpose of supporting the convicted, but free on appeal bond, state representative.

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The problem, according to the Reynolds, is the stipulation the state rep not practice law while awaiting a decision on his appeal. In an interview with KTRK, Reynolds expressed his dismay at being unable to litigate, saying he cannot support his family on the $600 per month pay he receives as a lawmaker. While it is difficult to speculate as to how many people who could afford an attorney would hire one who might be in jail by their next court date, there is no disputing the fact that Reynolds’ government paycheck would probably barely cover the monthly electric bill on the family’s half million dollar home. RONVILLE

Reynolds’ financial woes were discussed in court as he attempted to get the amount of his appeal bond reduced from $50,000. Reynolds said his only assets were his office furniture and computers. He said his home has a mortgage and there are liens on his Mercedes and his wife’s Jeep. Public Data shows the 2015 Jeep SUV’s title date as September 1, 2015.

 

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Most people would sympathize with the family, and particularly the children, of a man whose substantial income was suddenly halted for whatever reason. However, it is unclear why Reynolds refers to “supporting his family” as though he does it alone. The Representative has publicly praised his wife, Dr. Jonita Wallace Reynolds, who is the longtime CEO of Gulf Coast Community Services Association, overseeing 350 employees and a multi-million dollar budget. It is doubtful that Dr. Reynolds is among those hoping to benefit from the minimum wage being raised.

A social media post that has repeatedly gone viral locally over the past few years, is about a family who is seen in various Walmart parking lots around Montgomery County. Most people believe they are scam artists, since they appear to have more than they want people to know as they put their children on display and boldly ask others for money. Perhaps, someone took that family’s dignity. It’s a good thing Representative and Dr. Reynolds refuse to allow that to happen to them…

 

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Reynolds with friends who may not have seen his Go Fund Me page on their FB Timeline…

 

 

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