TX: Judge Dismisses State Bar Suit Against First Assistant Attorney General

Source: The Texan

“A lawsuit brought against the First Assistant Attorney General Brent Webster by the Commission for Lawyer Discipline, an arm of the State Bar of Texas, was dismissed on Tuesday. Webster was sued over his assistance in the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) 2020 legal challenge against several presidential battleground states that changed election procedure without legislative approval — something many states, including Texas, did that year. The lawsuit alleged professional misconduct over pleadings made by Webster in that case. … Judge John Youngblood wrote to respective counsels, ‘I find the separation of powers doctrine deprives this court of subject-matter jurisdiction.’ ‘To find in the Commission’s favor 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 Texas Supreme Court precedent.'” (09/21/22)