Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been sued for blocking people on Twitter. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in a Texas federal court run by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union in Texas, representing nine people who said Paxton blocked them after criticizing him, including a case where one person blocked after pleading with Paxton to comply with Covid-19 safety precautions and wear a mask.
“This is yet another example of the Attorney General’s numerous violations of the Texans’ civil rights and freedoms and of the authoritarian efforts to suppress speech with which he disapproves. They argue that Paxton’s blocking of people is against the first amendment, ”Kate Huddleston, an attorney with the Texas ACLU, said in a statement.
Last month, Paxton sparked controversy in a separate case accusing him of covering up information after critics said so Try to withhold any messages he sent or received during the January 6th Capitol Rising. The Texas Public Information Act gives the public the right to review government records. Several Texas news outlets have requested copies of his internal communications, which are only to be rejected.
Paxton’s refusal to work together prompted the Texas Tribune and ProPublica, the Austin American-Statesman, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and the San Antonio Express-News to form a coalition dedicated to obtaining and reviewing the documents .
“The news outlets determined that the Paxton office, which is tasked with enforcing state open records laws, has no policy for posting work-related news stored on Paxton’s personal devices, ”they noted in a summary report that was published in the respective news sockets. “It is unclear whether the office will check Paxton’s email accounts and phones to look for requested records, or whether the attorney general will determine what to hand over without outside controls.”
Paxton, a noted ally of former President Donald Trump, has made headlines in the past for promoting conspiracy theories about the elections and once filing a lawsuit void election results in major swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania, all of which were decisively won by President Joe Biden.
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.