January 19, 2008
Mr. Ryan said that the grand jury was experienced, with two lawyers and three police officers, and that at least half the members had been grand jurors multiple times.
“We’ve been to the rodeo before,” he said. “I know the system.”
He said: “My antennae were raised when I read in The Houston Chronicle that Chuck Rosenthal called Justice Medina and told him to appear before the grand jury, but that he would not be a target. It wasn’t a couple weeks later that Mr. Wisner suddenly cooled and said, ‘I don’t think you got anything.’ ”
Mr. Dorrell said the panel’s feeling was “if the D.A. does not have enough evidence, get some more.”
Mr. Ryan said, “We asked for things they never produced.”
On Thursday, he continued, Mr. Wisner sought to block a vote and “we met over his objection.”
The prosecutor told them, he said: “ ‘Don’t bother to bring an indictment. We’re going to “nolo” it.’ ”
They sent Mr. Wisner out of the room and deliberated, Mr. Ryan recounted, and called him back with instructions to draw up two indictments.
“He said, ‘I will not,’ ” Mr. Ryan added. “We said, ‘Get your boss.’ He slammed the door.”