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Convictions of Ex-Texas Mayor and Developer Upheld, Legal Battle Continues While Couple Remain on Bond

Appeals Court Verdict is Vacated in Part, No Doubt to Aid the Extended Time Before these Convicted Felons Actually Report to Prison.

AUG. 28, 2023

Appeals Court Partially Overturns Verdict, Raising Questions About Reporting to Prison

Indicted in 2018, this case is now 5 years, 3 months and 18 days old. The Jordans’ are still out on bond and allowed to go on road trips around the country to select what appears to be a law school placement for one of the children, the next generation of legal advocates.


Laura and Mark Jordan are on bond pending appeal with their travel restricted to Texas. They are in compliance with all their conditions and respectfully move this Court to amend their conditions of release to permit travel to several different out-of-state colleges for visits with their daughter, a high school junior.

During the remainder of her junior year and the first half of her senior year, she wishes to visit several schools – such as Vanderbilt in Tennessee, Duke in North Carolina, Yale in Connecticut, USC in California, Northwestern in Illinois, and likely others.

The Jordans would inform their pretrial services officer in advance of any visit, and provide copies of their itinerary.

All other conditions of release would remain in effect. The United States does not oppose this request.

For these reasons, the Jordans ask the Court to amend their bond conditions to permit out-of-state college visits with their daughter.

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Brent E. Newton
Brent E. Newton
Attorney at Law

19 Treworthy Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(202) 975-9105

David Gerger

700 Louisiana, Suite # 2300
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 224-4400

Counsel for Laura Jordan
Barry J. Pollack, Esquire

Harris St. Laurent & Wechsler LLP
1775 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Suite 650
Washington, D.C. 20006

Counsel for Mark Jordan


On February 17, 2023, undersigned counsel conferred with AUSA Glenn Roque- Jackson, who stated that the government does not oppose this motion.

/s/ Brent E. Newton

Brent E. Newton


On February 17, 2023, the foregoing was filed and distributed to all counsel of record through the Court’s ECF system.

/s/ Brent E. Newton

Brent E. Newton

Appeals Court Verdict: Ex-Richardson Mayor and Developer to Serve Six-Year Sentence

The appellants, a Texas developer and a former mayor of Richardson, Texas, appealed their convictions for bribery and tax fraud, asserting that the bribes were merely gratuities and the district court failed to properly instruct the jury.

Laura asserts that the evidence that she had another extra-marital affair prior to her affair with Mark and lied about it was not harmless because it “invoked a dark image of an immoral woman in search of sex for votes. It went to the heart of the theory of the defense – that Laura accepted benefits from Mark out of love and affection.”

The record does not support Laura’s argument. The record is replete with evidence of Laura’s dishonesty and her extramarital affair with Mark. Additionally, when Laura initially admitted her extramarital affair with Mark to her husband, she lied and said the affair was with someone other than Mark. Moreover, there was no suggestion that the previous affair was with someone who had matters pending before the city council. Because Laura is unable to establish that the evidentiary ruling affected her substantial rights, any error was harmless.

LIT UPDATE (SEP 19, 2022)

Criminal Trial II After Fifth Circuit Appeal Finds Corrupt Laura Jordan and Dowry Hubby Guilty, Again

Our elected officials are held to the highest standards, and former Mayor Laura Jordan traded her responsibility to serve her constituents to enjoy a stream of financial benefits.

Corrupt Former Texas Mayor Laura Jordan and Real Estate Boyfriend, Now Hubby, Awarded a New Criminal Trial As Fifth Circuit Decides to Rely on the Judge’s Discretion

In a published opinion, Judge Elrod for the panel held that the district court did not abuse its broad discretion without holding an evidentiary hearing.

Convictions of Ex-Texas Mayor and Developer Upheld, Legal Battle Continues While Couple Remain on Bond
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