By MICHAEL BROWNMAN Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge ruled Texas can take legal action against a traffic lawyer who was found to be deceptive when she testified before a federal grand jury.
A federal judge in Dallas ruled Thursday that the Texas attorney general can pursue a lawsuit against a Texas attorney who was called to testify before a grand jury about the state’s voter ID law.
The judge sided with the attorney general’s office, which said it has the legal authority to pursue an injunction against the attorney.
The state attorney general, in a brief filing, said it was confident that the judge would uphold its right to bring a lawsuit.
The attorney general has argued that the attorney was acting in good faith.
The Texas attorney General’s Office and the state Attorney General’s Criminal Division declined to comment.
The case involves a Texas voter ID measure passed in 2013 and has been challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association of Counties and other conservative groups.
The Supreme Court last year ruled that the state could not block lawsuits filed by voters, but it also allowed the attorney’s office to seek a temporary restraining order against the voter ID provision.