Texas Free Speech Law Bars Retaliation Claim, Judge Says

By Jeremy Heallen (August 1, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge said Thursday that a state law designed to protect free speech prevents two former employees of the Houston Police Department's crime lab from personally suing former Harris County District Attorney Patricia Lykos for allegedly costing them their jobs.

U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes granted a request under the Texas Citizens' Participation Act by Lykos and Assistant District Attorney Rachel Palmer to dismiss claims brought against them individually by Amanda Culbertson and Jorge Wong, who say the DA's office retaliated against them for raising concerns over the police department's breath alcohol testing program.

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