Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

Great Victory for Bill Reid in the Olga Hernandez’s Case

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

William T. Reid IV, one of the founders of the Reid Collins & Tsai recently won a complete acquittal in a San Antonio federal court for his client Olga Hernandez, an SAISD trustee. She was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy of violating the 18 U.S.C. 666, popularly known as the mark of the beast statue. William Reid who is popular for his civil court victories represented the 66-year old Olga Hernandez, who was a former school district employee. Hernandez had worked for 30 years as a secretary for the San Antonio Independent School District and was then elected in 2006 as a trustee. Olga held this position for about 11 years until February 2017 when she resigned after being publicly indicted and arrested.

Important cases to reflect:

The government upheld the fact that Hernandez received an inappropriate and undue amount of entertainment and travel from several people who were involved in rigging an insurance bid. The theory was that all these big riggers were meant to buy off Ms. Hernandez’s vote through the unwarranted entertainment and travel.

The government even offered lucrative deals to the alleged co-conspirators as an exchange for their testimonies against Ms. Hernandez. There was adequate proof of these gifts and the alleged co-conspirators also gave their testimonies against Olga Hernandez. The defense alleged that Ms. Hernandez was indeed a friend of the conspirators and their families. She took the generous gifts of entertainment and travel out of the friendship she had with them. Olga had no hunch that bribes were paid and she never involved herself with the RFP process that resulted in the different contracts that were in question.

Just like most honest service cases, the U.S government heavily relied on Olga Hernandez’s alleged violation of the conflict of interest and gift disclosure policy of SAISD. Even though violating these policies is not a crime, the government tends to merge such violations into the offense that one is charged with. William T. Reid IV of Reid Collins & Tsai was able to prove to the jury that none of the said gifts needed disclosure.

  • Reid was able to win this case because he explored intricate details of the entire bidding process that resulted in the insurance contracts being questioned. As a result, he was able to demonstrate how Olga Hernandez was minimally involved in the process, and this helped in breaking the actual connection between any official act and the gifts of travel and entertainment that she received. The Olga Hernandez case was a perfect illustration of how the government can get a wrongful conviction if the defense counsel does not carry out its homework.
  • With the legal expertise of William Reid and his team, Hernandez won the case against the government with a not guilty charge. Justice was particularly sweet in this case because since Reid was a persecutor before, he knew that there was a high probability of Hernandez being taken into custody if she was convicted. After the emotional day and the acquittal, Hernandez shared her ordeal with her grandchildren as she had ensured that they were uninformed of her troubles.

William Reid is a high-stakes, high-end attorney who divides his time between Austin, Texas, and Manhattan. The most impressive thing about William Reid’s win is the fact that he accepted the case and tried it pro bono as a favor to one of his friends, Alan Brown, who is a legendary criminal defense lawyer in San Antonio.



Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.