Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Austin attorney Jennifer Riggs begins March 30 testimony

Conroe, March 30 – Renowned Austin attorney Jennifer Riggs began the testimony today as a witness whom defendant and political consultant Marc Davenport called as an expert witness. The other criminal defendants, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, were both in the Courtroom. Riggs worked as an Assistant Attorney […]

BREAKING NEWS: Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Pondering picayune details

Conroe, March 29 – The attorneys in The Trial of the 21st Century, the Texas Open Meetings Act (“TOMA”) trial, including the one on the witness stand, have wandered into a field of the most picayune queries. It’s embarrassing. Despite his testimony before the lunch break that he does not know or understand the constitutional […]

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: Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Constitutionality Hearing Begins With Storm

BREAKING NEWS: Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Constitutionality Hearing Begins With Storm

Image: Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and local political consultant Marc Davenport confer at the beginning of the TOMA Trial hearing on constitutionality at the beginning of the day, Wednesday, March 29, 2017.   Conroe, March 29 – The constitutionality hearing in which Defendants Craig Doyal, Charlie Riley, and Marc Davenport  are challenging the validity […]

Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Constitutionality hearing begins, witnesses and argument to begin Wednesday, March 29

Conroe, March 27 – The constitutionality hearing concerning the Texas Open Meetings Act criminal trial of Defendants County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, and local political consultant Marc Davenport began this morning to a Courtroom packed with many of the same crowd of people who attend Commissioners Court meetings. Of course, the […]

Editorial on the Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: The Open Meetings Act is not unconstitutional, but Davenport shouldn’t be a defendant.

Editorial on the Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: The Open Meetings Act is not unconstitutional, but Davenport shouldn’t be a defendant.

Image: The Constitution of the United States of America, National Archives, Washington, D.C. The Declaration of Independence resides in the vertical case above the horizontal cases holding the Constitution. Tomorrow, Visiting District Judge Randy Clapp of Wharton County will begin a week-long hearing on the constitutionality of the Texas Open Meetings Act under which Montgomery […]

Trial of the 21st Century, The TOMA Trial: Davenport loses appeal after Justice recuses himself, trial delayed for a while, constitutionality hearing to proceed Monday

Beaumont and Conroe, March 24 – The Beaumont Court of Appeals denied TOMA Trial Defendant Marc Davenport’s application for a writ of mandamus in which he complained that Visiting Judge Randy Clapp of the 329th District Court of Wharton County abused his discretion by refusing to dismiss the criminal case against Davenport. Prior to the […]

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 […]