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No. 17-0323
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Oral argument was held on March 1, 2018. The Court issued an opinion resolving the case on May 11, 2018. File Closed


May 11, 2018


Justice Johnson delivered the opinion of the Court. View Electronic Briefs | Oral Argument | Video PDF


Court of Appeals

Appellate District:5th Court of Appeals
Outcome Below:Affirmed
COA Docket No.:05-15-01488-CV
Opinion Author:Honorable David J. Schenck

Trial Court

Trial Court:366th District Court
Trial Judge:Honorable Raymond Wheless
Trial Docket:366-02723-2015

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Docket Entries

Date Event Outcome  
2018-06-21 Mandate issued  
2018-05-11 Opinion issued   Court of appeals' judgment affirmed
2018-05-11 Court approved judgment sent to attorneys of record Issued
  This case was awaiting the Court's decision after oral argument between March 1, 2018 and May 11, 2018.  
2018-03-01 Oral argument  
2018-02-23 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2018-02-22 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2018-02-21 Motion to Argue disposed   Filing granted
2018-02-16 Motion to Argue filed  
2018-02-15 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2018-02-05 Oral Argument Submission Form from Attorney received  
2018-01-19 Petition for Review disposed Filing granted
2018-01-19 Case set for oral argument   Case set for oral argument
2018-01-19 Petition for Review granted
  This case was pending on merits briefs between November 13, 2017 and January 19, 2018.  
2017-11-13 Brief on the Merits (Respondent)  
2017-10-19 Brief on the Merits (Petitioner)  
2017-10-05 Case Record Filed  
2017-09-22 Brief on the Merits Requested  
2017-09-22 Record Requested in Petition for Review  
2017-08-09 Response to Petition (Respondent)  
2017-07-11 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response disposed   Filing granted
2017-07-10 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response  
2017-06-30 Call received  
2017-06-30 Notice of Appearance  
2017-06-30 Letter Filed  
2017-06-09 Supreme Court of Texas Requested Response  
2017-06-09 Amicus Curiae Brief received  
2017-05-09 Case forwarded to Court
2017-05-04 Response Waiver filed  
2017-04-25 Petition for Review (Petitioner)  


Party Counsel Role
N., T. S.
Mr. Jeremy F. Rosenthal
Ms. Morgan A. McPheeters
Mr. Thad D. Spalding
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Mr. Gregory A. Willis
Mr. John R. Rolater Jr.
Ms. Andrea L. Westerfeld

Amicus Curiae

Amicus Curiae Counsel
Texas Department of Public Safety
Mr. Daniel J. Olds
Ms. Jeanine C. Hudson
Mr. John C. Sullivan
Mr. Jeffrey C. Mateer
Mr. Scott A. Keller
Atty. Gen. W. Kenneth Paxton Jr.