The Rutherford Institute Takes on Florida Bar’s War on Free Speech
The deep state is alive and well in the so called free state of Florida. The Florida Bar has been waging a war against free speech. The Florida Bar has continued its abusive assault on the First Amendment. In this unprecedented assault on political speech the Florida Bar is threatening to suspend an attorney’s license for committing a thought crime. The threat against this attorney’s license has nothing to do with the practice of law. In this case, the crime was engaging in critical speech of an opponent in a partisan Republican primary race for the office of Florida’s 20th Judicial State Attorney, which is the lead prosecutor for several counties in Southwest Florida. That’s right, running for public office in Florida and saying what the State considers to be mean statements can cost you your law license.
Fortunately, the Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of Christopher Crowley, a former member of the 82nd Airborne Division, and Gulf War veteran, who is also a former prosecutor and defense attorney. This former political candidate is being targeted for political speech during his campaign. The Florida State Bar charged Christopher Crowley with defamation of his political opponent, Amira Fox, after Mr. Crowley raised concerns about his political opponent during a combative political campaign in a Republican primary. John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People, stated:
“No matter what their political persuasion might be, every American has a First Amendment right to criticize government programs or policies with which they might disagree,” ……..“Nowhere in the First Amendment does it permit the government to limit speech in order to avoid causing offense or hurting someone’s feelings, protect government officials from critici
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