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'Not as I do': WilCo judge violates his own pandemic order
(Williamsom County)

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell reportedly violated his own stay-at-home order by attending a family birthday party in the spring.


Gravell will plead guilty to a misdemeanor related to the episode and pay a $1,000 fine, the Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday.

A criminal complaint about the incident prompted the appointment of a special prosecutor and an investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Gravell's attorney Bill Hines said his client is the only person in the county to be prosecuted for the order, and that the Rangers found no other wrongdoing, the Statesman reported.

Georgetown attorney Robert McCabe filed the complaint in April, accusing Gravell of violating his own stay-at-home order, as well as official oppression and abuse of official capacity.

A week earlier, on April 7, a Twitter account posted pictures it said were of Gravell arriving at a gathering, "driven by a deputy." Gravell was wearing a fireman's suit with a special breathing apparatus.

Williamson County residents expressed disapproval of the posted photos.


Williamson County Fire Chief Mark McAdams told KXAN Gravell borrowed the fire equipment as a COVID safety measure during his visit to his grandson's party.

County residents at the time were barred from gatherings, following Gravell's stay-at-home order that forbade residents from leaving their home except for essential business. The order was in effect from March 24 through April 30.

After Williamson County attorney Dee Hobbs recused himself from the case, the criminal complaint zigzagged through courts for nearly two months, as officials grappled with how to handle the investigation. The Texas Supreme Court ultimately decided to appoint Milam County District Attorney Bill Torrey as special prosecutor.

Earlier this month, amid a new surge in COVID cases, Gravell said he would not close the county with another stay-at-home order.

Gravell was sworn into office on the first day of the year in 2019. He previously had served as a Justice of the Peace from 2015 to 2018.

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Doors at 6 p.m. Friday | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

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Doors at 7:30 p.m. Friday | Germania Insurance Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd.

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Catch our local Minor League team play against the El Paso Chihuahuas at home this week. Tickets start at $22.

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🎸 The Peterson Brothers with Latasha Lee

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Doors at 7 p.m. Saturday | Antone's Nightclub, 305 E 5th St.

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Famous former Longhorns Emmanuel Acho and Matthew McConaughey are joining forces for a Q&A about catching greenlights and living a limitless life. Each ticket will get the holder a copy of Acho’s new book, “Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits.” Tickets are $39 per person.

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