NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A pro-Trump lawyer, fired from a state job in a pro-Trump state for repeating pro-Trump talking points, is fighting back.
Jerry Morgan was fired by the state board that regulates lawyers when his controversial tweets became public, and the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility has notified Morgan that it is also investigating whether he should face sanctions as a lawyer.
Now, Morgan has filed a federal lawsuit that accuses the board and its chief disciplinary counsel, Sandy Garrett, of violating his civil rights.
“I was terminated solely based on my political speech,” Morgan told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.
“If the board were to sanction an attorney simply for expressing himself politically, then the board could go after any attorney in this state for whatever the board felt was objectionable, and that the board is not authorized to do that.”