Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Special Prosecutors announce first witness on Monday to be former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia

Conroe, March 31 – After the criminal defense team representing County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, and political consultant Marc Davenport rested at 1:11 p.m. this afternoon, Special Prosecutor Christopher Downey announced that the State of Texas would present former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia as its first witness on Monday morning […]

Multiple crises, one obvious solution; Commissioners Court rejects the “cure” 2 to 3, Doyal implements County “lock jaw” secrecy policy

Multiple crises, one obvious solution; Commissioners Court rejects the “cure” 2 to 3, Doyal implements County “lock jaw” secrecy policy

Conroe, March 31 – It’s been a terrible week for the Montgomery County government. Most of the setbacks came at the hands of one Craig Doyal, Montgomery County Judge. Late last weekend, our community learned of the threatening text message that some elected official, who is an ally of Doyal, sent to an employee, Precinct […]

BREAKING NEWS: Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Attorney Riggs declares TOMA “unconstitutional”

Conroe, March 30 – Testifying before Visiting District Judge Randy Clapp, Attorney Jennifer Riggs had no trouble explaining, under the provisions of Section 143, what public officials can and can’t do on Facebook, blogs, and other social media. Clearly, there is no prohibition of the content of free speech but only time, place, and manner […]

Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Meadows Place Mayor Charles Jessup highlights afternoon of obfuscation and legislation (!)

Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Meadows Place Mayor Charles Jessup highlights afternoon of obfuscation and legislation (!)

Image: Meadows Place, Texas, Mayor Charles Jessup testified in the Trial of the 21st Century, the TOMA Trial, during the afternoon of March 29, 2017. Conroe, March 29 – Meadows Place, Texas, Mayor Charles Jessup highlighted the testimony in the Trial of the 21st Century, the Texas Open Meetings Act (“TOMA”) trial, of criminal defendants […]

The Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Pretrial hearing continues, Bojorquez withers on cross-examination

Conroe, March 29 – Criminal defense expert Alan Bojorquez continued his testimony today late this morning that Section 143 being eliminated from the TOMA statute would still provide various sanctions against public officials who violate TOMA. Bojorquez noted that courts could void determinations made in violation of the statute. Bojorquez testified that he’s found that […]

BREAKING NEWS: TOMA trial delayed, full week hearing on constitutionality of Open Meetings Act to start Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Conroe

Conroe, March 23 – Visiting District Judge Randy Clapp of the 269th District Court of Wharton County ruled this morning during a telephonic hearing with the attorneys involved in the Texas Open Meetings Act (“TOMA”) criminal case of Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, and political consultant Marc Davenport that instead […]

Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial may have to wait for a long time; Prosecutor Downey: “I do not believe we’re likely to be picking a jury next week”

Conroe, March 23 – The Texas Open Meetings Act (“TOMA”) trial of Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and political consultant Marc Davenport will likely not go forward the week of March 27, 2017, as scheduled for the past six months. Both sides expect that Visiting Judge Randy Clapp of […]

Trial of the 21st Century, TOMA Trial: Profile of Doyal’s defense attorney Rusty Hardin, flurry of activity prior to today’s pretrial conference

Conroe, March 22 – A flurry of activity from all three of the defendants’ attorneys has marked the period before today’s pretrial conference, which Visiting District Judge Randy Clapp of the 269th District Court of Wharton County will hold by telephone at 11:30 a.m in the Trial of the 21st Century, the Texas Open Meetings […]

Trial of the 21st Century: Conroe’s Open Meetings Trial, subpoenas issued, Davenport’s dismissal motion denied

Trial of the 21st Century: Conroe’s Open Meetings Trial, subpoenas issued, Davenport’s dismissal motion denied

Image: This amazing photograph shows one of the greatest cross-examinations in American legal history when Clarence Darrow (standing) cross-examined his opposing counsel, William Jennings Bryan, in the Scopes “Monkey Trial” in Dayton, Tennessee, in May, 1925 (arguably the “trial of the 20th century.”) Although the jury convicted Scopes of teaching evolution to public school students […]