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Suspended Smith Co. Judge Joel Baker is in court for the 1st time since his June indictment for violating TX Open Meetings Act. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 9:33 Julia Jenaé
In today's hearing Judge Jack Carter will hear motions that have been filed in the case. #7onscene pic.twitter.com/1axffG0qIl
Thursday August 25, 2016 9:38 JuliaJenae7
One motion is over a request the @TXAG attorney made for emails from the Smith Co. DA's office. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 9:39 JuliaJenae7
Smith Co. DA Matt Bingham is in court arguing against the subpoena for 150,000 county emails. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 9:52 JuliaJenae7
DA Bingham argues those emails could include sensitive health or tax information of citizens that are irrelevant to the case. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 9:54 JuliaJenae7
The judge says search should be limited to emails about American Traffic Solutions contract. AG attorney wants to review all 150K. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 9:57 JuliaJenae7
Jason Brody is an assistant attorney with @TXAG. He called himself the district attorney pro tem for Smith Co. in this case. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:00 JuliaJenae7
DA Bingham recused himself from bringing the case against Judge Baker, but the subpoena has him in court today. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:02 JuliaJenae7
Meanwhile, while DA Bingham and Assistant AG Brody argue back and forth, Baker and his attorney sit quietly. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:05 JuliaJenae7
Baker's attorney Joe Murphy said they have "no dog in this fight" #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:05 JuliaJenae7
The email issue is tabled by the judge until 11:30. Baker's attorney is back up arguing a discovery motion. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:09 JuliaJenae7
Baker's attorney says he's been trying to get documentation of JoAnn Flemings political contributions to Smith Co. officials. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:11 JuliaJenae7
Fleming is president of watchdog group Grassroots America We The People. They filed the @TXAG complaint against Baker. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:15 JuliaJenae7
Judge Carter says political contributions can be found online and asks why that is relevant. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:16 JuliaJenae7
Baker's attorney said since Fleming is the "one driving this bus I think it's very relevant" #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:17 JuliaJenae7
Next, Baker's attorney wants a list of all the @TXAG prosecutions since 2014. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:18 JuliaJenae7
Baker's attorney says he's got the impression that this is the only case of its kind that the @TXAG has brought. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:19 JuliaJenae7
Judge asks why that is relevant. Baker's attorney says it shows the case is "politically motivated and a witch hunt." #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:22 JuliaJenae7
Baker's attorney: In other similar instances, the @TXAG just sent a letter to the offending official saying "knock it off." #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:25 JuliaJenae7
Court is in recess until 11:30. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 10:41 JuliaJenae7
Baker's hearing has resumed. An attorney w/ Potter Mitton is going to help the parties electronically sift through the emails. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 11:47 JuliaJenae7
Judge Carter set the next pre-trial hearing for October 6. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 11:51 JuliaJenae7
Baker's attorney says he's asked the @TXAG attorney for email communications at the AG's office about the ATS contract. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 11:55 JuliaJenae7
"It's disingenuous at best" that the AG wants 150K emails from the DA but objects to our email request says Baker's attorney. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 11:58 JuliaJenae7
Judge Carter agrees with Baker's attorney. It seems that Brody's arguments earlier are now being used against him. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 12:00 JuliaJenae7
On both email issues, judge tells the parties to get together and provide emails that are limited to specific search terms. #7onscene
Thursday August 25, 2016 12:04 JuliaJenae7
Thursday August 25, 2016 12:05 JuliaJenae7
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