Conroe, August 4 – Montgomery County Eagle Forum had a special meeting on Thursday, August 3, 2017, in Conroe. Local hero Adrian Heath returned to the community after a six-month political imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. Heath’s brief presentation overshadowed the presentation of Republican Texas Supreme Court Justice John Devine who is running for re-election in 2018.
“It’s an almost Biblical feeling that I’m free. Thanks for the will of God,” Heath told the adoring crowd. Heath thanked a number of the activists gathered at the meeting who had written letters to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. They included Eagle Forum President Betty Anderson, State Representative Mark Keough (who is in Austin), local GOP Precinct Chairman John Wertz, former State Representative Steve Toth, and many others, who gathered petitions, signed petitions, and wrote letters in support of Heath’s early release.
“We should pray for groups like the Tea Party and Eagle Forum that push back against government overreach,” Heath said.
Montgomery County Hospital District Board Member and Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate Bob Bagley gave an update on the County’s budget process. “A group of individuals formed a Citizens Budget Committee. They were largely overlooked and ignored by the County Commissioners Court,” Bagley explained.
Bailey told the group that “We have commissioners making 3 to 4 times what the average person makes. We have JPs who think they deserve high salaries because they work hard, but they don’t work as hard as laborers who work a full day. Commissioner make $164,000 without include the benefits, which is more than a 4-star general makes in the military and he’s in charge of a lot more people. People in the oil industry in our neighborhoods are losing their houses, but government continues to grow.”
Eagle Forum President Betty Anderson remarked, “I’m filled with joy that our brother, Adrian Heath, is back. I was shocked that he was picked up and taken to prison. I didn’t think it was really that bad here, but it is.” Anderson credited several of the people in the meeting for helping to obtain Heath’s early release from prison for illegal voting in the 2010 Woodlands Road Utility District election.
Supreme Court Justice John Devine gave a low key talk about Supreme Court procedures. The attendees didn’t seem particularly interested in his details about court procedures. A few audience members challenged Devine for failing to address the constitutionality of civil asset forfeitures as a Supreme Court Justice. Devine claimed that no case involving forfeitures presented a properly-worded constitutional challenge.
Devine spoke at length about several same-sex marriage cases that came before the Supreme Court. Texas now recognizes same-sex marriages after the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in the Obergefell versus Kasich case.
Devine told the group, “I’ve had a good time there over the last five years. I love my colleagues. I’m always listening to them. They’re very intelligent and gifted.” He also called Governor Greg Abbott “my mentor.”