Beaumont, July 2- The Ninth Court of Appeals gave the State of Texas one final extension of time to file its Opening Brief in the criminal case against County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and local political “boss” Marc Davenport. The State’s Brief is now due on July 10, 2017. A Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted Doyal, Riley, and Davenport for allegedly violating the Texas Open Meetings Act.
The Court of Appeals has indicated that the State will not receive any additional extensions of time to file its Brief. The State received three extensions, which is quite normal in appeals.
Doyal, Riley, and Davenport will then need to file their Responsive Briefs on July 31, although it’s likely that they’ll seek and receive three extensions for the filings as well.
The State of Texas will then have the right to file a Reply Brief any time prior to the oral argument, pursuant to the long standing practice of the Beaumont Court of Appeals. Since this case is an accelerated appeal, it’s likely that the oral argument will occur late in 2017.