Beaumont, March 21, 2017
Political consultant Marc Davenport filed an emergency Application for Writ of Mandamus and request for stay of the Texas Open Meetings Trial in which he is one of the defendants along with County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct Two County Commissioner Charlie Riley. The emergency request, which Davenport’s attorney Steve Jackson of Conroe filed, which asks the Beaumont Court of Appeals to stay the trial came one day after the trial judge, Visiting Judge, Randy Clapp of Wharton County denied Davenport’s Motion to Dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction over Davenport.
“These walking quorum cases are rare and this is a case of first impression where a district court has tried to assert jurisdiction over an individual defendant who is not a public official. We feel very confident that the district court should not have jurisdiction over Marc. If we do not win in the court of appeals we will ask for an emergency stay from the court of criminal appeals in Austin,” said Jackson in an exclusive interview with The Golden Hammer.
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