Senator Rodney Ellis volunteers to help on Case, Reaves/Dannen decline

In 2012, Senator Rodney Ellis and his office offer to help Walter Reaves and Fredric Dannen with this case.

Of course, we were all excited, SENATOR ELLIS, what a great man and anti death penalty advocate.  Excitedly, we contacted Reaves/Dannen and got this reply.  

Can you imagine an attorney turning DOWN a State Senator who has succeeded in helping so many?

Does the refusal of Reaves/Dannen seem somewhat suspicious?  They also turned down help from others.

Yet, we are in 2014 and they have done nothing to help Melendez.


Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 5:23 PM
To: Walter Reaves; Fredric Dannen
Cc: rodney.ellis@senate.state.tx.us; Brandon Dudley
Subject: Tony Melendez

Dear Mr. Reaves and Mr. Dannen,
     Brandon Dudley with Senator Ellis’ office has volunteered to help you with Tony’s case.  The cases that the Senator’s office has helped have been very successful.  I hope that you will take them up on their offer for Tony’s sake.

— On Wed, 10/10/12, Walter Reaves <walterreaves@att.net> wrote:

From: Walter Reaves <walterreaves@att.net>
Subject: RE: Tony Melendez
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 6:59 PM

I will certainly keep that in mind. I don’t think there is anything for to do right now. The judge in California has told Keel he better show up for the November hearing  or face the consequences, and Judge Johnson has issued an order directing him to bring everything with him. I’m hopeful after that hearing we will have everything we need. Depending on what all needs to be done we may need additional funding – but we’ll figure that out when we get there.
Walter Reaves

Law Office of Walter M. Reaves, Jr., P.C.

100 N. 6th St., Suite 802

Waco, Texas 76701

(254) 296-0020


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Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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