Ex-sheriff remains free as buddy of 15 years goes to prison
Ken Rodriguez: San Antonio Express-News
For 15 years, Ralph Lopez wore the badge of Bexar County Sheriff. For 15 years, the sheriff leaned on the counsel of John Reynolds, a trusted friend and crook.
How criminally ironic is that? One golfing buddy goes to the slammer. Another hits the links.
I don't know if Lopez, as he once famously promised, will send cookies to Reynolds in the state pen.
Lopez and Reynolds were partners in white-collar crime. They didn't shoot anyone. They just murdered public trust.
Reynolds solicited money for fake charities. Lopez accepted unlawful benefits.
When, for example, did Lopez realize his friend/adviser/golfing buddy/campaign manager was a thief?
According to an arrest affidavit, Cruz said Reynolds asked for a $2,000 donation to the Democratic Party. Cruz also said he'd funnel the money to a trustee.