Legal ethics experts are wrestling with how far the profession should go in disciplining attorneys for false statements made over the 2020 election results, with one law professor warning it could set a dangerous precedent for other kinds of lawyers.

Panelists discussing a bar complaint against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over his challenge to the 2020 election at the U.S. Supreme Court faced that question Thursday, as part of that complaint—filed by the group Lawyers Defending American Democracy and 16 attorneys—cites his public comments about the election results being fraudulent, which they were not.

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