A Fort Worth family law associate judge has filed a federal First Amendment lawsuit against a state district judge and Tarrant County claiming she was subjected to retaliation because of her husband’s political views.

Diane Scott Haddock, who has served as an associate judge for nearly 20 years, alleges that she was subjected to “public and private badgering, threats, back-biting, undermining and maligning” because she refused a direct command from Fort Worth’s 360th District Court Judge Patricia Baca-Bennett to prevent her husband from engaging in political activity.

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