Former Hays County Assistant District Attorney Lynn Peach, who resigned this month in protest of the county’s handling of a drug case. Photo by Sean Wardwell.
by SEAN WARDWELL
Former Hays County Assistant District Attorney Lynn Peach said she believes in playing by the rules.
“It’s about honesty and fairness,” Peach said late last week. “As a prosecutor, we have the upper hand in every case. We have an investigation that’s been done by a police agency. We have resources. We have access to witnesses. The rule of law, I guess, favors us, though the defendant has some rights. Realizing that, we have a code of ethics, and the code of ethics charges prosecutors with a higher duty … We don’t have to break the rules to get convictions. Getting convictions isn’t what it’s about. It’s about fair play. Do people get away with crimes? Yes, every single day. But, our system is set up to protect people.”
Peach resigned in protest from the Hays County District Attorney’s office on May 11 due to what she believed was misconduct on the part of Assistant District Attorney Chris Johnson and San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) Detective Laray Taylor in the conviction of Shawn Nathan Shipman on narcotics charges.
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