A federal judge in Texas has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a conservative activist who says the state’s Attorney General violated the First Amendment by refusing to investigate a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a state trooper.
Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office had filed the suit in May, alleging the attorney general violated the state constitution when he did not investigate the woman’s claims.
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Paxton’s attorneys argued the woman was protected by the state Constitution because the alleged incident happened while she was pregnant and because she was a minor at the time of the alleged assault.
Paxton has said the woman never reported the incident to police.
Paeton’s office also argued that the woman should not have to pay the victim’s legal fees.
Paeson’s office said the case was “dishonorable” and it would not defend the attorney’s actions.
The attorney general said in a statement that he disagrees with the judge’s ruling, but noted that the lawsuit has not been dismissed.
He said the attorney did not act “without reasonable cause” and that his office is reviewing the decision.
Paeters decision comes as state Republicans and Democrats in Texas have begun the long process of passing sweeping reforms that include abortion restrictions, school vouchers, and a law that requires abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
The measure passed the state Senate and is headed to Gov.
Greg Abbott’s desk.