Sitting for the court: Justice Paul W. Green, Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, Justice Phil Johnson, Justice David Medina, Justice Dale Wainwright, Justice Don R. Willett, Justice Scott A. Brister, Justice Harriet O'Neill
In re Gayle E. Coppock
from Denton County and the Second District Court of Appeals, Fort Worth
For relator: William E. Trantham, Denton
For real party in interest: Amie S. Peace, Dan C. Coffey, Denton
The issues in this habeas corpus proceeding involving an ex-spouse found in contempt for “coarse or offensive” communications are (1) whether the divorce decree ordered or commanded no coarse or offensive communication and, if so, (2) whether that would be an unconstitutional prior restraint on the ex-spouse’s free speech or void for vagueness and (3) whether the trial court order substantively changed its decree after it lost jurisdiction to do so.
The first argument begins at 9 a.m. in the courtroom in Austin. Each side will have 20 minutes for argument.
This advisory serves only as an abbreviated guide to oral argument. Summaries are prepared by the Court’s staff attorney for public information and reflect his judgment alone on facts and legal issues and in no way represent the Court’s opinion about case merits.
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