Alison Brock, Turner's chief of staff, began shaking the bushes in late October 2006 and immediately thereafter the prosecutor - who had previously expressed no interest in the case, who even squelched attempts to pursue misdemeanor indictments while sitting for months on felony sex abuse allegations - all of a sudden wanted to prosecute. Burzynski described his frustration at the system's failure at today's joint committee hearing:
When I interviewed the victims in this case, I saw kids with fear in their eyes. Kids who knew they were trapped in an institution where the system would not respond to their cries for help. Perhaps their family failed them, society failed them, and TYC definitely failed them.He said he promised each of them, "The Rangers would not fail them," and that this would not happen again. "I made that very clear."
"I can only imagine," he said, "what the students think about the Ranger who was unable to bring them justice." It's a good thing Sylvester Turner and Alison Brock were there.
Don't ever let anybody tell you that law enforcement isn't political.
What does it say about the criminal justice system that, with all the sex offender hype going on last year during the campaign season, Texas' elite state police couldn't get an alleged pedophile running a youth prison indicted? It makes you glad we have three branches of government, huh?
UPDATE: See more on Buryzinski's report, and coverage of the hearing from the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas News, the Brownsville Herald, KEYE-TV (with video of the Ranger's testimony), and the Washington Post. From the blogs, see Capitol Annex, Texas Politics, the Texas Observer blog, Kuff, Patricia Hart at BurkaBlog, and Rep. Peña's A Capitol Blog. though the best blog headline of the day goes to In the Pink Texas: "T Why C." Here's information about the new 24/7 TYC Abuse Hotline discussed at the hearing.