Beaumont, August 22 – The gamesmanship by criminal defendants in the Texas Open Meetings Act indictments, also known as Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and local political boss and consultant Marc Davenport to attempt to delay a ruling of the Beaumont Court of Appeals until after the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election has continued. All of their appellees’ briefs were due to the Court of Appeals yesterday. Doyal filed his brief but Riley and Davenport requested additional three week extensions, so that the consolidated appeal will suffer another delay. Of course, Doyal will try to claim that he is moving the case along, but, in actuality, he’s not.
Riley and Davenport must file their briefs on September 11, 2017. That likely means that the Court of Appeals will hold oral arguments in the accelerated appeal (accelerated by the Court of Appeals, that is) some time around the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, will provide a complete analysis of Doyal’s brief in tomorrow’s edition.