CRIME

Appeals court reverses Waco judge's gag order in biker case, calling it an abuse of power

FILE - In this June 15, 2015 file photo, Matthew Clendennen wipes away tears in Hewitt, Texas. as he address the media about the Twin Peaks biker shootout and how its affected his life. A Texas appeals court on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 reversed a gag order in a criminal case arising from a shootout saying the Waco court had abused its discretion in the case of Clendennen, the only arrested biker who has filed a lawsuit against local authorities alleging that he was arrested without probable cause. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP, File)

FILE - In this June 15, 2015 file photo, Matthew Clendennen wipes away tears in Hewitt, Texas. as he address the media about the Twin Peaks biker shootout and how its affected his life. A Texas appeals court on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 reversed a gag order in a criminal case arising from a shootout saying the Waco court had abused its discretion in the case of Clendennen, the only arrested biker who has filed a lawsuit against local authorities alleging that he was arrested without probable cause. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Texas appeals court has reversed a gag order in a criminal case arising from a shootout at a biker gathering in Waco that left nine dead and 18 injured.

The 10th court of appeals said Friday the court that issued the order "abused its discretion" in the case of Matthew Clendennen, the only arrested biker who has filed a lawsuit against local authorities alleging that he was arrested without probable cause.

The order prevented those involved in Clendennen's criminal case from discussing it with the media.

The gag order was written by Attorney General Abel Reyna and issued by his former law partner, District Judge Matt Johnson.

The appeals court gave Johnson seven days to vacate the order, after which the court would vacate it.