Posted on Feb 09, 2014

A former spokesmen for the Williamson County sheriff's employee - John Foster - is seeking dissmissal of his DWI case because he claims the officer who arrested him committed perjury during a pre-trial hearing. According to Foster the officer lied when he testified that he didn't consult with another trooper before arresting him. The claim wasn't made in court, but instead in a press release issued by the employee.

There are several unusual things about this story. The first is that it was made in a press release, and not in a court filing. Perhaps it's because Foster realizes that he's not going to win in court. The fact that the trooper lied about who he talked to isn't reason to dismiss the charge, unless there was some information the other trooper provided that led to the arrest. In other words, the perjury has to be related to the reason why the person was arrested.

I'm guessing Foster is using the skills he developed and used for the Sheriff's department.  After all spokemen are paid to put the best possible spin on things. So why not turn turn the case away from whether you are guilty of offense, and put the spotlight on sommeone else.

The other interesting thing is how quick Foster was to turn on his former colleagues. I wonder how  many times he's gone on the offensive against attacks on one of the Sheriff's Department deputies. I guess all's fair in love an and criminal cases. The Sheriff took no time in criticizing Foster for attacking a witness outside of the courtroom.

It's always interesting to watch cases involving law enforcement personnel. They have no problem in relying on the same rights they have crticized defendants for using. And using the same tactics they are usually so quick to attack.



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Criminal Defense Attorney Walter Reaves has been practicing law for over 35 years.