Rodney Thomas and Brian Collister

Inmate denies visits made by court appointed attorney

I recently flew 500 miles to a prison in the Panhandle to meet with inmate Rodney Thomas.  He’s serving a 15-year sentence at the Neal Unit in Amarillo for sexual assault. But I didn’t make the trip to talk about his case. Instead, I asked about time spent with his court-appointed attorney when he was in the Travis County Correctional Center in Del Valle awaiting trial. Since Thomas couldn’t pay for a lawyer, taxpayers picked up the bill.  The judge appointed Austin Attorney Raymond Espersen who claims on invoices he visited Thomas at the jail on five different dates for…