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No. 17-0634
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IN RE VERNA FRANCIS COLEY THETFORD

Oral argument was held on October 10, 2018. The Court issued an opinion resolving the case on May 24, 2019. It then denied rehearing on October 4, 2019 File Closed

Opinions

May 24, 2019

Hecht
Green
Guzman
Lehrmann
Boyd

Chief Justice Hecht delivered the opinion of the Court as to Parts I, II, III-A, and IV, in which Justice Green, Justice Guzman, Justice Lehrmann, and Justice Boyd joined, and a concurring opinion as to Part III-B, in which Justice Green and Justice Guzman joined. PDF

Brown
Devine
Blacklock
Busby

Justice Brown delivered a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Devine, Justice Blacklock, and Justice Busby joined.View Electronic Briefs | Oral Argument PDF

 

Court of Appeals

Appellate District:2nd Court of Appeals
Outcome Below:Denied
COA Docket No.:02-17-00182-CV
Opinion Author:Per Curiam

Trial Court

Trial Court:90th District Court
Trial Judge:Honorable Stephen E. Bristow
Trial Docket:33186

Docket Entries

Date Event Outcome  
2019-10-04 Stay Order lifted  
2019-10-04 Certified cys of cost bill sent to attys of record  
2019-10-04 Motion for Rehearing - Disposed Denied
2019-08-22 Call received  
2019-08-22 Response to Amicus Curiae Brief filed (Real Parties in Interest)  
2019-08-20 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2019-08-20 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2019-08-20 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2019-08-20 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2019-08-20 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2019-08-20 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2019-08-20 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2019-08-20 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2019-08-20 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2019-08-20 Pro hac vice motion disposed   Filing granted
2019-08-20 Reply to Response (Relator)  
2019-08-20 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2019-08-20 Pro hac vice motion filed  
2019-08-19 Call received  
2019-08-16 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2019-08-14 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2019-08-14 Response to Motion for Rehearing (Respondent)  
2019-08-01 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2019-07-17 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response disposed   Filing granted
2019-07-17 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response  
2019-07-16 Supreme Court of Texas Requested Response  
2019-07-09 Response to Motion filed  
2019-07-09 Response to Motion filed  
2019-07-09 Reply to Response to Motion  
2019-07-09 Case forwarded to Court  
2019-07-09 Call received  
2019-07-09 Motion to Stay Disposed   Filing granted
2019-07-09 Stay Order issued
2019-07-08 Notice of Appearance  
2019-07-08 Motion for Rehearing  
2019-07-08 Motion to Stay Filed  
2019-05-31 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing  
2019-05-31 Motion for Extension of Time to File Motion for Rehearing disposed   Filing granted
2019-05-24 Opinion issued   Denied
2019-05-24 Dissenting opinion issued.   Issued
  This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between March 22, 2019 and May 24, 2019.  
2019-03-22 Supplement to Clerk's/Reporter's Record  
2019-03-05 Supplement to Clerk's/Reporter's Record  
  This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between October 10, 2018 and March 5, 2019.  
2018-10-10 Oral argument  
2018-09-11 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2018-09-10 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
  This case was waiting for oral argument between June 29, 2018 and September 10, 2018.  
2018-06-29 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
2018-06-08 Mandamus Set to Argue
2018-06-08 Petition for Writ of Mandamus disposed   Case set for oral argument
2018-04-26 Response to Amicus Curiae Brief filed (Real Parties in Interest)  
2018-04-24 Amicus Curiae Letter Received  
2018-03-28 Reply Brief (Relator)  
2018-03-13 Brief on the Merits (Real Parties in Interest)  
2018-03-13 Supplement to Clerk's/Reporter's Record  
2018-02-20 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2018-02-20 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2018-02-07 Brief on the Merits (Relator)  
2018-01-04 Motion for Extension of Time to File Brief filed  
2018-01-04 Motion for Extension of Time disposed.   Filing granted
2017-12-08 Brief on the Merits Requested  
2017-11-07 Reply to Petition for Writ of Mandamus (Relator)  
2017-10-16 Response to Petition for Writ of Mandamus Filed (Real Parties in Interest)  
2017-09-18 Supplement to Clerk's/Reporter's Record  
2017-09-15 Supreme Court of Texas Requested Response  
2017-08-15 Case forwarded to Court
2017-08-08 Case Record Filed  
2017-08-08 Petition for Writ of Mandamus filed (Relator)  

Parties

Party Counsel Role
Reddell, Toby L. (Attorney Ad Litem)
Mr. Toby Reddell
Other Interested Party
Ciera Bank of Graham, Texas
Mr. David E. Keltner
Mr. Joseph "Joe" R. Greenhill III
Mr. Donald E. Herrmann
Mr. Alfred G. 'Rusty' Allen III
Real Party In Interest
Coley Thetford, Verna Francis
Ms. Alexandra W. Albright
Mr. Stephen Huschka
Mr. Joshua V. Michaels
Ms. Mary H. Barkley
Mr. Robert E. Aldrich Jr.
Relator
Rogers, Jamie Kay
Mr. Alfred G. 'Rusty' Allen III
Mr. Donald E. Herrmann
Mr. David E. Keltner
Mr. Joseph "Joe" R. Greenhill III
Real Party In Interest

Amici Curiae

Amicus Curiae Counsel
AARP and AARP Foundation
Ms. Kelly Bagby
Mr. William Alvarado Rivera
Maame Gyamfi
Ms. Beth L. Mitchell
Legal Ethics Council
Mr. James M. McCormack
Mr. Charles Herring Jr.
Mr. Jason Matthew Panzer
Mr. W Amon Burton
W., M.
Ms. Julie Michele Balovich
Hannah Samson
Ford + Bergner LLP
Mr. Don D. Ford III
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