ODonnell v. Harris County, Texas et al
ORDER entered Regarding the appearances and procedures for the Fairness Hearing set for October 28. (Signed by Chief Judge Lee H Rosenthal) Parties notified.(leddins, 4)
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United States District Court
Southern District of Texas
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
MARANDA LYNN ODONNELL, et al.,
on behalf of themselves and all others
HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, et al.,
October 22, 2019
David J. Bradley, Clerk
CIVIL ACTION NO. H-16-1414
As stated in the October 14, 2019, Order, (Docket Entry No. 662), the court wants to ensure
a fair and full opportunity for the different views on the proposed settlement to be heard at the final
fairness hearing on October 28, 2019. This Order sets out the hearing procedures.
The significant number of nonparties who have filed statements of intent to speak at the
hearing, the fact that many have already filed long amicus briefs, and the similar nature of the
interests represented, means that each nonparty speaker will be limited to 10 minutes. The parties
will have equal time to respond to each nonparty’s statement.
Any nonparty person or entity that previously filed an amicus brief may not repeat any
arguments raised in the brief.
Nonparties who speak will not do so under oath, and they will not be subject to crossexamination. Nonparties may not cross-examine any witnesses called by the parties. The parties’
witnesses will testify under oath from the witness stand.
If the proceedings do not end by 2:30 p.m. on October 28, the court will resume at 8:30
a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.
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The following nonparty individuals or entities may speak at the October 28 final fairness
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. (Docket Entry No. 665).
One representative for the Texas Advocates for Justice. (Docket Entry No. 666).
Mr. Andy Kahan, for Crime Stoppers of Houston. (Docket Entry No. 668).
Attorney Kevin Pennell, for the Professional Bondsmen of Harris County. (Docket Entry
Attorney Ken Good, for Mr. Gilbert Morales. (Docket Entry No. 671).
Ms. Mary Nan Huffman, for the Houston Police Officers’ Union. (Docket Entry No. 672).
Mr. Doug Smith. (Docket Entry No. 673).
Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack. (Docket Entry No. 676).
Mr. John Gamage, for Restoring Justice. (Docket Entry No. 678).
Mr. Tony Smith or Attorney Alan N. Magenheim, for Equal Justice Now. (Docket Entry
Mr. Kaleb J. Taylor. (Docket Entry No. 684).
Ms. Koretta Brown, for The Young and the Politics. (Docket Entry No. 685).
Mr. Ashton Woods, for Black Lives Matter Houston. (Docket Entry No. 686).
Mr. Carl Davis, for the Houston Society for Change and the Social Action Commission
General Board of the AME Church. (Docket Entry No. 687).
Mr. John McNamee, for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. (Docket Entry No. 688).
Special Litigation Counsel Adam Biggs, for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.
(Docket Entry No. 689).
The October 14 Order stated that no more than one individual may speak for any nonparty
entity or category of entity. (Docket Entry No. 662 at 2). On October 18, individuals affiliated
with the Texas Advocates for Justice filed a joint notice that each individual intended to appear.
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(Docket Entry No. 666). As stated in the October 14 Order, nonparty entities, including the Texas
Advocates for Justice, must select a single representative to speak at the hearing. (Docket Entry
No. 662 at 2). On October 21, several of the individuals affiliated with the Texas Advocates for
Justice filed individual notices of intent to appear. (Docket Entry Nos. 677, 679, 681). Only one
representative may do so.
The Houston Area Police Chiefs Association, the Houston Police Officers’ Union, and the
Harris County Deputies’ Organization, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #39, may not all appear
because all three represent law enforcement or police officers and share similar concerns. (Docket
Entry Nos. 667, 672, 682). The court will hear from the Houston Police Officers’ Union, and not
the Chiefs Association or the Deputies’ Organization, because the latter two groups previously
filed amicus briefs, (Docket Entry Nos. 629, 646), and the Houston Police Officers’ Union has not
SIGNED on October 22, 2019, at Houston, Texas.
Lee H. Rosenthal
Chief United States District Judge
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