JUDGE BILL GRAVELL CHANGES NAME OF LAWSUIT ON CC AGENDA REPORTEDLY TO BENEFIT FRIEND ROBERT CHODY IN ELECTION

The lawsuit first appeared on the Commissioner’s Court Agenda on July 18, 2017, correctly as styled “Hurdsman v. Pokluda”. This continued 235 more times. Inexplicably, on 2/25/2020 it appeared on the Commissioner’s Court Agenda with Pokluda’s name deleted. Instead, one week prior to Super Tuesday, the lawsuit was listed as “Hurdsman v. Gleason”. Mike Gleason, coincidentally, is Robert Chody’s opponent in the upcoming sheriff’s election and one of the 17 defendants listed on the lawsuit.

Anybody can access the case documents at casetext.com and see that it is still styled Hurdsman v. Pokluda. Gravell does not have the power to change the title of the lawsuit.

In the Wilco Sun article by Brad Stutzman, Gleason is said to have filed a complaint with the DA alleging that Gravell illegally changed the agenda item to damage him and his campaign. He alleges that Gravell tampered with a government document, which is a 3rd-degree felony. Both Hawes, who advises the court on legal matters and Odom, the county spokesperson, said that Gravell sets and approves agenda items.

Bill Gravell sets and approves agenda items. His name appears at the bottom of the agenda.

They both stated that the name was changed because Gleason, not Pokluda, was in charge of the jail. However, the lawsuit is a legal document as is the Commissioner’s Court Agenda. The title is set at Hursdsman v. Pokluda. The official title has not been changed. If the attorney were to respond with documents containing Hursdman v. Gleason, the court would not accept it.

“In fact, the county’s own lawyers submitted paperwork to the court on 2/24/20 with the correct title: Hurdsman v. Kathleen Pokluda et. al. days after the agenda was created for the 2/25 meeting”

We can think of no other reason for changing the wording on the agenda other than to attempt to discredit Gleason in his campaign. Remember, Gravell has supported Chody in Commissioner’s Court “because he is my friend”. As expected, Gravell could not be reached for comment.

So far, we have not been able to find another instance where the name of a lawsuit has been changed on the agenda while still styled differently in the court system.

However, if Gravell is in favor of changing the title of the case to include the person “in charge of ” the department being sued, he forgot a few:

Civil Action No. 1:20-CV-00062; Jaivonte Roberts v. (insert Robert Chody) Williamson County, Texas et al., In the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas Austin Division.

D-1-GN-19-005511; Brian Johns v. (insert Robert Chody) Williamson County, Texas; In the 53rd Judicial District Court of Travis County, Texas

Civil Action No. 1:19-CV-1163; Amanda McCoy v. (insert Robert Chody) Williamson County, Texas et al., In the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas Austin Division.