Sometimes it helps me to remember that the Hill Country counties are the only ones with corruption and major problems in law enforcement. Victoria County may be worse. The DA there, Stephen B. Tyler, has been at war with half the local government. He got the chief of police and city manager indicted. It started when he hired the former sheriff, Michael Ratcliff, as his chief of staff. Ratcliff was being investigated for raping a teenage boy while he was still sheriff! The Victoria Advocate reported:
Tyler initially accused Smith and Buentello, along with Police Chief Bruce Ure and Mayor Will Armstrong, of leaking confidential information, interfering with an official case, conspiring against him and lying under oath in 2008.
But more specifically, Buentello and Smith were charged with aggravated perjury, lying to a grand jury that indicted former Sheriff Michael Ratcliff on charges he sexually assaulted a teenage boy while sheriff.
Incidentally, DA Tyler is in the forfeiture racket too. His website says he has a lawyer, paralegal and secretary who work full time on forfeitures.