All you really need to know about the repulsive corruptness of the official investigation into the Twin Peaks Massacre case in Waco is that Scimitars Motorcycle Club patch holder Matt Clendennen will not be able to speak a public word in his own defense for at least another month. Neither will his lawyer Clint Broden. A month will be the soonest either can speak. It is likely to be longer than that
A week ago, an appeals court ordered the judge who gagged Clendennen and Broden, Judge Matt Johnson, to vacate his order by today. McLennan County District Attorney Abelino “Abel” Reyna, who is Johnson’s former law partner and who dreamed up the gag order as a way to intimidate defense attorneys in the case, appealed the ruling this week. Reyna explained that Clendennen has to forfeit his constitutional rights in order to keep them.
The lying son of a bitch wrote:
“In its conditional grant of Clendennen’s Writ of Mandamus, the Tenth Court of Appeals set a deadline of August 14, 2015 for the trial court to vacate its gag order. Given the paramount importance to the trial rights of Mr. Clendennen and those similarly situated, guaranteed by the Fifth and Sixth Amendments and Article 1, section 10 of the Texas Constitution; the trial court’s affirmative constitutional duty to minimize the effects of prejudicial pretrial publicity enunciated in Gannett; and the seeming divergence of opinion between the Tenth and Fourteen Courts of Appeal, this Court should stay the conditional Writ of Mandamus issued by the Tenth Court of Appeals issued in this case on August 7, 2015, or grant such other emergency relief as requested in this petition.”
Yesterday the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sided with Reyna. In a terse, two page order the learned judges wrote:
“This Court has determined that this case should be filed and set and the parties should brief the following issues:
“Is the Texas Supreme Court’s holding in Davenport v. Garcia, 834 S.W.2d (Tex. 1992), applicable to gag orders in criminal cases?
“Are the findings supporting the gag order in this case sufficiently specific?
“Is Tenth Court of Appeals’ conditional grant of mandamus relief supported by the law and facts of this case?
“Briefs from relator, respondent, and the real party in interest are due in this Court within 30 days of the date of this order. No motions for extension of time to file will be entertained.”