Check out the interesting blog post from lawyer Jennifer Lubinski’s Work Product blog about the Kentucky Bar Association’s decision to constrain one lawyer’s free speech rights after he wrote letters to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission alleging fundraising violations.
The local bar association censured the lawyer, and he sued claiming that his allegation was constitutionally protected political speech.
United States District Court Judge Danny Reeves ruled that a bar association may restrict otherwise constitutionally protected speech by an attorney if necessary to “uphold public confidence in the judiciary.”
Wow! Talk about getting SLAPPed! Who knew that even lawyers could wind up having to sue for their free speech rights!