AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Texas Attorney General Ken
Paxton has dismissed a lawsuit that Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and he
had filed against Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Earl Walker.
Walker agreed to stop his allegedly improper pursuit of
ExxonMobil that included using a Washington-based private law firm to
issue an unconstitutional and harassing subpoena for decades of ExxonMobil
records. Paxton and Strange originally intervened because they believed the contingency
fee arrangement between Walker and the private law firm implicated sensitive
questions of constitutional due process.
“The so-called 'investigation' by Walker was a
constitutionally improper attempt to suppress the freedom of speech based only
on the content being communicated,” Paxton said. “In America we have the
freedom to disagree, and we do not legally prosecute people just because their
opinion is different from ours. We are glad that the abuse of power by Attorney
General Walker, and those that he hired, has come to an end. Attorneys working
for the government should be motivated by public interest, not financial gain.”
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