Texas v. Doyal (original by presiding judge keller)Annotate this Case
Appellee Craig Doyal was the Montgomery County, Texas Judge, and as such, he was a member of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court. He was indicted for violating a provision of the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA), which made it a crime if a member or group of members of a governmental body “knowingly conspires to circumvent this [the Act] by meeting in numbers less than a quorum for the purpose of secret deliberations." The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals concluded that provision was unconstitutionally vague on its face. Consequently, the Court reversed the court of appeals and affirmed the trial court's judgment dismissing the prosecution.