A pink beanie with cat ears that she called her “pussyhat” while talking about reproductive health care has brought a public admonition for former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt. But a prominent First Amendment attorney said he thinks the sanction is unconstitutional.
Eckhardt, who resigned this year to run—and win—a race for the Texas Senate, was presiding over a Travis County Commissioners Court meeting in January 2017 when she wore the hat, said a Dec. 4 public admonition that the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct released publicly Tuesday. Her sanction also mentions a 2019 comment by Eckhardt about a tree falling on Gov. Greg Abbott.
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