In Re Jimmie Cokinos
A public official sought pre-litigation discovery to identify a constituent who criticized him for various public expenditures that the official approved during his tenure. The official claimed that the criticisms were defematory and that they caused him to lose his re-0election campaign. The official also argued that the criculation of anonymous emails opposing his reelection violated Texas campaign laws requiring identification of the authors of all campaign literature. The Doe, a public employee was worried about being discahregd if the remaining incumbents were able to identify him, filed a motion to quash the subpoena which was granted.
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