Texas AG Says ABA Ethics Rule Restricts Speech, Religion
By Suevon Lee (December 20, 2016, 10:20 PM EST) -- The Texas attorney general said in an advisory opinion Tuesday that if the state were to adopt an American Bar Association ethics rule prohibiting discriminatory or harassing behavior in attorneys' law-related conduct, a court would likely strike it down as unconstitutional for being overbroad.
The advisory opinion from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton comes at the request of a state senator, Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, who recently wrote in a letter to the state's top prosecutor that the ABA rule is broad and could risk lawyers losing their licenses for being part of legal organizations that oppose same-sex marriage or fight federal...
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