The Texas Rangers investigating the situation with some of our city council members have their hands tied in some ways.
Based on the text messages and videos relating to the incidents, it appears that some of our city council members both violated the Texas Open Meetings Act and intended to. Unless other evidence surfaces, it will be hard to conclude anything else.
Conspiring to circumvent the act is a crime.
Meeting in violation of the act is another crime.
If the rangers find no violation of the law they will be encouraging elected officials statewide to do what our local people have done.
That would be a giant step backward in our efforts to shine light on governmental actions.
Wheels of justice
It would appear that it will take time for the rangers to investigate and make their recommendations. If prosecution is recommended it will be several months before trials occur. Some of the city council members will no longer be in office.
We might expect to see some resignations in exchange for being let go.
We might also see some citizen led recall efforts.
If nothing else we should expect this to be a major issue in the upcoming election.
We deserve better