Tioga resident, and country music superstar Randy Travis’ attorney is vowing to take his client’s fight to keep an embarrassing Department of Public Safety dashcam video from being released to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The vow comes after a federal judge Thursday refused to reconsider his decision to deny an injunction Travis had sought to keep the from being released. On Thursday Federal District Judge Sam Sparks had refused Travis’ request for the injunction. The Texas Supreme Court rejected the case without comment on Friday.
Travis’ wife, Mary Davis Travis, has started a petition to block the public release of the video on Change.org, and Randy Travis’ attorney, Martin Cirkiel said that he plans to file a request Friday to have the issue heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Video of naked Randy Travis was taken by a DPS trooper after the officer responded to the scene of a wreck on in a construction zone in Tioga back in August of 2012. Travis owns property in Tioga. Another driver had reportedly called police saying that she saw a naked man, who turned out to be Travis, laying in the street on FM Road 922. Earlier that night, a clerk at a convenience store in Pilot Point had talked to Travis as he walked into the store in his birthday suit and attempted to buy cigarettes. He didn’t get any smokes because he didn’t have a wallet and he drove off in his car.
That same car was found crashed at the construction site. Travis was booked into the Grayson County Jail and charged with suspicion of drunken driving and retaliation. He reportedly had threatened the trooper who arrested him. His blood alcohol was measured at nearly twice the legal limit. In the spring of 2013, Travis pleaded guilty to the drunken driving charge and Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown’s office dropped the retaliation charge. In exchange for the plea, Travis was ordered to seek treatment for his drinking, put on probation for two years and charged a $2,000 fine. Travis has since completed that probation.
At that time, Travis’ attorney sought to have the dashcam video destroyed, and if he couldn’t get that, he wanted it to be at least sealed. Grayson County Court-at-law James Henderson agreed and the DPS objected to that and appealed that decision.
A state court judge ruled that the video should be released and Travis appealed that decision. A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story said 3rd Court of Appeals Chief Justice Jeff Rose upheld the district court’s opinion and said that Travis had put himself in the public eye by driving naked while intoxicated.
“What a person knowingly exposes to the public, even in his own home or office, is not a subject of Fourth Amendment protection,’” the Star-Telegram quoted Rose as saying.
Travis appealed that ruling as well.