Jason Van Dyke, a Denton attorney who has represented a group characterized by some as a hate group named Proud Boys who is the subject of an investigation at the University of North Texas, is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.
The Denton County District Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to revoke Van Dyke’s surety bond, set in September at $1,000 on a charge of falsifying a police report. Tom Retzlaff, whom Van Dyke had sued for defamation, last week sent the District Attorney’s Office a notarized statement claiming that Van Dyke had threatened to kill him.
The complaint prompted the District Attorney’s Office to file the motion to hold the bond insufficient. A bond hearing, originally scheduled for Jan. 4, was moved up by Judge Coby Waddill in Denton County Criminal Court 5.
Denton City Council member Deb Armintor has been subpoenaed as part of the bond hearing. In her capacity as a professor, Armintor alerted officials at UNT a student made her aware Van Dyke was mentoring students on the campus. The university’s police department is investigating Van Dyke’s ties to the campus.
Van Dyke made a profanity-laden Facebook post earlier this month directed toward Armintor, who posted screenshots of the post to her Facebook page. Armintor said she will testify in the bond hearing about her interactions with Van Dyke.
In March, Van Dyke filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Retzlaff, claiming Retzlaff got him fired from two jobs in the legal field, including with the Victoria County District Attorney’s Office, after Retzlaff told Van Dyke’s superiors he was a Nazi and white supremacist.
Earlier this month, Van Dyke filed a motion in court to withdraw his lawsuit.
Kristin Brady, a prosecutor for the State Bar of Texas, will attend Friday’s bond hearing as well. She is the prosecutor assigned by the State Bar’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel to handle a disbarment case against Van Dyke. In his affidavit to the District Attorney’s Office, Retzlaff wrote that a committee is scheduled to meet in February to explore evidence in the disbarment case.