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8/27/07-Smith County

Smith County DA Says Former Environmental Officer Admits To Poor Record Keeping

A follow up on the allegations against former Smith County Environmental Investigator Danny Brasher.  Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham told KLTV 7, Brasher voluntarily came to his office Monday, admitting he had poor record keeping.  Bingham said Brasher also told him he had no recollection of filing three separate cases with the DA's office. 

One of those cases involved a horse dumping ground known as "The Bone Yard."  In December, Brasher arrested John Ruffin, 82, and charged him with illegal dumping.  In another case, the arrests of Cecil Huff and Lewis Johns, both of Van Zandt County, after they allegedly dumped more than 200 computers behind a tire shop. Both are criminal cases, Bingham said, that may have now been jeopardized.  

"If there was no criminal offense committed, it would have been nice to have that and know that," said Bingham.  "If there was a criminal offense committed by the individuals he arrested, then it is frustrating because someone has violated the law and most likely will not face prosecution, because it is very difficult at this point to re-create these files for prosecution.  That's just fact." 

Bingham said Brasher did not commit a criminal act, rather just had poor record keeping. Therefore, there is no investigation on Brasher.  Smith County Constable Dennis Taylor said Brasher is working with his office and will be meeting with him tomorrow morning to try to put the horse dumping case back together.

Molly Reuter, Reporting.


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