Appeals court strikes down gag order in Waco shootout case

A Texas appeals court has struck down a gag order issued in a case arising from the 2015 shootout between two motorcycle clubs outside a Waco restaurant that left nine dead.

In a six-page opinion issued Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the 10th Texas Court of Appeals ruled that the McLennan County District Attorney's Office had failed to make a case for the order.

State District Judge Doug Shaver of Houston had issued the order at District Attorney Abel Reyna's request in the case of Matthew Clendennen, one of 154 motorcyclists indicted after the shootout. The order prevented prosecutors, attorneys and investigators from commenting publicly on the case.

Clendennen's attorney appealed, supported by media groups that included The Associated Press, arguing the order was overly broad and unconstitutional.