One of the two indictments against Brownwood attorney Bill Ruth has been dropped.
Ruth filed a supplemental motion to quash the aggravated perjury indictment with the state of Texas on Thursday and received an answer from the state on Friday.
According to the response signed by 35th Judicial District Attorney Pro Tem Evan Pierce-Jones, “The State of Texas does not oppose the Defendant’s Supplemental Motion to Quash Indictment in this cause.”
The response also mentioned, “The State of Texas does not move that the court recommit the defendant upon granting of the Defendant’s Supplemental Motion to Quash Indictment.”
The Brown County Grand Jury met on March 1 and indicted Ruth on an aggravated perjury charge in connection with his involvement in the same civil lawsuit that led to an indictment in January on a charge known as barratry.
In the barratry indictment, Ruth is alleged to have filed a lawsuit he was not authorized to file “with the intent to obtain economic benefit.”
The lawsuit, according to the indictment, was filed in October 2011 in 35th District Court “on behalf of Arma Lee Crow and The Ruby and Annie Smith Family Partnership.”