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Pro Bono Lawyers Win Press Freedom Case for BOR


by: tcrp

Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 07:57 AM CST


Jackson Walker LLP Pro Bono Lawyers Babcock, Hamilton, and Welker

Texas Civil Rights Project pro bono lawyers Chip Babcock, Nancy Hamilton, and Audra Welter of Jackson Walker, L.L.P. won an important freedom of the press case for the noted Texas blog Burnt Orange Report.

Burnt Orange Report was sued by a perennial Democratic candidate for judge in Dallas County after reporting on his bizarre behavior at a book signing. The team at Jackson Walker won a motion to dismiss the case as frivolous.

"This is a great victory for the free press," said Texas Civil Rights Project Pro Bono Coordinator Scott Medlock. "The media has to be free to criticize public figures, especially candidates for judicial positions which are extremely important but often ignored."

Burnt Orange Report is "Texas' largest group political blog," and is one of the most-visited blogs in the state. It is a grassroots organization, covering politics in Texas. "Independent voices like Burnt Orange Report are vital in the digital era," said Medlock.

"Making sure these independent news sources can report freely on important issues is why we have a free press. TCRP gives its sincere thanks to the lawyers at Jackson Walker who worked pro bono to win this case."

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