–A Texas judge has ruled that the Texas State Bar’s lawsuit against
First Assistant Attorney General Brent Webster violates the separation
of powers secured by the Texas Constitution. In so ruling, the judge
granted the Office of the Attorney General’s plea to the jurisdiction
and dismissed the State Bar’s meritless and politically-motivated
disciplinary charges against Mr. Webster.
Office of the Attorney General argued in its motion that the Bar’s
attempt to unduly influence the Office in the exercise of its
constitutional powers is not only improper, but also violates Texas law.
The specially-assigned judge, Judge John Youngblood, agreed, stating in
his ruling: “[T]he separation-of-powers doctrine deprives this Court of
subject-matter jurisdiction. To hold otherwise would stand for a
limitation of the Attorney General’s broad power to file lawsuits on the
State’s behalf, a right clearly supported by the Texas Constitution and
recognized repeatedly by the Texas Supreme Court.”
State Bar’s politicization is an insult to all Texans who oppose the
abuse of governmental power in pursuit of liberal political retribution.
No matter how much the partisan activists at the Texas State Bar
retaliate against me and my staff for working to promote election
integrity, secure our southern border, and fight for conservative
values, I will not back down,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I am glad
that the Court dismissed these utterly meritless charges against my
First Assistant and sent the clear message that I work for Texas, not
for unelected bureaucrats at the State Bar.”
The Texas State Bar’s meritless lawsuits started
with their assignment to an “Investigatory Hearing Panel” appointed by
the Bar in 2021. Attorney General Paxton condemned this political attack
at the outset, and was joined in that condemnation by Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who also decried the State Bar’s action as unconstitutional.
Click here to read the judge’s letter and subsequent order.