UPDATE: Federal appeals court now says in-person Texas GOP convention can’t happen

HOUSTONUPDATE: Mayor Sylvester Turner on Saturday morning said a federal appeals court halted a judge’s ruling Friday permitting the Republican Party of Texas to proceed with an in-person convention.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Friday’s ruling allowing the Republican Party of Texas to host an in-person convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

On Friday, Judge Lynn Hughes, of the Southern District of Texas, had ordered that the city of Houston violated the GOP’s constitutional rights by canceling the convention.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston First canceled the contract with the Texas GOP, citing health concerns amid the coronavirus. The convention was initially set to run from Thursday to Saturday.

PREVIOUS STORY: A federal district judge ruled Friday that the Texas Republican Party can host an in-person convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center, according to attorney Jared Woodfill. The ruling allows the convention to proceed this weekend or next.

Judge Lynn Hughes, of the Southern District of Texas, ordered that the city of Houston violated the GOP’s constitutional rights by canceling the convention.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston First canceled the contract with the Texas GOP, citing health concerns amid the coronavirus. The convention was initially set to run from Thursday to Saturday.


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