Bexar probate judge sues agency over right to free speech
His federal lawsuit against 14 members of the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct centers in part on a June 6, 2009, letter the Republican jurist mailed out in which he claimed Democratic lawyer Barbara Scharf-Zeldes has no trial experience.
It also outlines behind-the-scenes scenarios tinged with allegations of political underhandedness. The dispute came to a head last summer when Scharf-Zeldes filed a complaint with the commission against Rickhoff.
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