Austin, TX, Release: January 19, 2021 — For Immediate Release
|The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) filed an Amicus Brief in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals asking the court to grant a rehearing of the Stephens v. State case, in which the court rendered an opinion stripping the Texas Attorney General of his long-standing statutory authority to prosecute election law violations including election fraud.
With its opinion, the Court of Criminal Appeals broke with over a century of Texas Supreme Court precedent and reversed an appellate court’s bipartisan decision upholding the Attorney General’s authority to prosecute election fraud. The Texas Legislature further emphasized that authority most recently in Senate Bill 1, the election integrity bill. This opinion circumvents the work of the Texas Legislature and affects the security, fairness, and integrity of elections in Texas.
The RPT has previously expressed support for the Attorney General’s position in this matter.
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