Conroe, January 19 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal paid criminal defense attorney Rusty Hardin $89,430.79 on December 30, 2016, for legal services, as Doyal disclosed in his semiannual campaign finance report, filed with the County Elections Administrator on January 17, 2017. Hardin is defending Doyal in the criminal matter wherein the State of Texas has indicted Doyal and others for allegedly violating the Texas Open Meetings Act. Doyal made these payments out of campaign contributions.
Doyal also paid Conroe criminal defense attorney John Choate $9,167.50 in legal fees on July 6, 2016, as shown in the same campaign finance report. Choate also represents Doyal in the criminal matter. Doyal made these payments out of campaign contributions.
The expenditures, as well as others, left Doyal with a balance of $111,280.70 in political contributions in his campaign account as of December 31, 2016.
The Golden Hammer will provide more detailed and complete coverage of this story when the full edition of the newspaper is published on Friday, January 20, 2017, at midnight.