April 2, 2023

ACCOUNTABLE: State Deputy Attorney General faces misconduct lawsuit from Texas Bar

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After a year and a half of phony accusations of a stolen 2020 presidential election, the crows are coming home to roost for state-level Republican enablers of Donald Trump’s “big lie” as Brent Webster, the First Assistant Attorney General of Texas, is now being sued by the Texas Bar for trying to overturn 2020 election through his legal filings.

A suit filed by the Commission for Lawyer Discipline, a standing committee of the State Bar of Texas, accuses Webster of engaging in “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation” in participating in a lawsuit that challenged the validity of other states’ lawfully conducted elections and their final electoral vote count.
That unprecedented lawsuit from a number of Republican-controlled states contained a number of factually risible claims, including as the Texas Bar’s complaint alleges:
“1) an outcome determinative number of votes were tied to unregistered voters;
2) votes were switched by a glitch with Dominion voting machines;
3) state actors ‘unconstitutionally revised their state’s election statutes;’ and
4) ‘illegal votes’ had been cast that affected the outcome of the election.”
In seeking a judgment of professional misconduct against Webster, the Texas Bar alleges that the Deputy Attorney General was “dishonest.”
As the court filing relates:
“Respondent’s representations were dishonest. His allegations were not supported by any charge, indictment, judicial finding, and/or credible or admissible evidence, and failed to disclose to the Court that some of his representations and allegations had already been adjudicated and/or dismissed in a court of law. In addition, Respondent misrepresented that the State of Texas had “uncovered substantial evidence… that raises serious doubts as to the integrity of the election process in Defendant States,” and had standing to bring these claims before the United States Supreme Court.”
Of course, no lawsuit against a state legal official is likely to succeed without a clear delineation of the damages that were caused by the respondent’s actions.
The Commission for Lawyer Discipline of the Texas Bar was happy to explain the unfortunate results of the state-endorsed nuisance suit that Webster was involved in filing.
“As a result of Respondent’s actions, Defendant States were required to expend time, money, and resources to respond to the misrepresentations and false statements contained in these  pleadings and injunction requests even though they had previously certified their presidential electors based on the election results prior to the filing of Respondent’s pleadings.”
Their pleading goes on to outline exactly which portion of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Webster violated:
8.04(a)(3): A lawyer shall not engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
The Texas Bar ends its filing with a request for an appropriate penalty for Webster for his conduct unbecoming of a state legal officer.
“Petitioner prays that a judgment of  professional misconduct be entered against Respondent, and that this Honorable Court determine and impose an appropriate sanction, including an order that Respondent pay reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs of court and all expenses associated with this proceeding. Petitioner further prays for such other and additional relief, general or specific, at law or in equity, to which it may show itself entitled.”
Let’s hope that the judge who hears the case in Texas District Court agrees with the grand legal minds at the Texas State Bar and give Brent Webster the reprobation and the penalties that he deserves.
You can read the entire complaint filed by the Commission for Lawyer Discipline of the State Bar of Texas against Brent Webster, the First Assistant Attorney General of Texas, here.
Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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