BREAKING NEWS! Conroe, July 12 – The prosecution, the State of Texas, filed its Brief in the Beaumont Court of Appeals late Monday, July 10, 2017, arguing that the trial judge, Randy Clapp of Wharton County who acted as a visiting judge, erred when he ruled that the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) was unconstitutional after Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and local political boss and consultant Marc Davenport filed a motion to dismiss the criminal cases against them. A Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted the three defendants in June, 2016, after Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon presented the evidence against them.
Doyal, Riley, and Davenport argued that the trial judge should dismiss the cases against them because (1) they had a right of free speech to speak freely without the restrictions of the TOMA and (2) the TOMA statute is “vague” that it violated their constitutional rights and that Doyal, Riley, and Davenport could understand what they did wrong.
The defendants’ responsive brief is due on July 31, 2017.
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, will provide a complete analysis of the State’s Brief on the July 13, 2017, edition.