A Former Dallas Democrat Seeks to Become the State's Most Powerful Prosecutor

Rick Reed, former Dallas County prosecutor now interested in becoming the Travis County District Attorney

From The Texas Observer comes a sneak peek at the race for Travis County District Attorney -- the most powerful prosecutor in Texas, with the power to go after state elected officials. Among the fab four seeking Ronnie Earle's office thus far: Rick Reed, the SMU-schooled attorney who learned the trade working for the likes of Henry Wade and John Vance while he was a prosecutor in the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. Also, notes the Observer, he's the son of Dick Reed -- "two-term state representative from Dallas who was a member of the famed 'Dirty 30' reform group of the early 1970s" and is oft-mentioned in the 1972 book Shadow on the Alamo.

Reed's been in the Travis County District Attorney's Office since losing a bid to become the Dallas County District Attorney in 1998. No doubt he'll face questions concerning the copious DNA exonerations stemming from cases tried during Wade and Vance's tenures; seems like he's prepared for those queries and then some. And as the Observer and Reed's Web site reminds, he was the chief architect in the case against Tom DeLay -- a chip off the old block, in other words. Though, says the Observer, his colleagues weren't keen on going after DeLay: “I was the only person pushing to present the case to the grand jury.” --Robert Wilonsky

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