(JustPatriots.com)- Conservative lawyer Lin Wood is firing back at the organization that certifies him to practice law.
Last week, Wood filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta against the Georgia state bar association. The association has asked Wood to submit to a mental health examination.
Wood said he’s been told that if he fails to comply with the demand, he could lose his license to practice law. And, according to the lawsuit, that action violates his right to free speech under the First Amendment.
The controversy stems from Wood being a vocal critic of the 2020 presidential election. He has called repeatedly for the election to be overturned, with former President Donald Trump being declared the winner.
In January, Wood was banned from Twitter for embracing various conspiracy theories regarding the election. But, he said the Georgia state bar hasn’t presented any evidence that he’s suffering from “mental illness, cognitive impairment, alcohol abuse or substance abuse to the extent of impairing competency.”
Those are the only reasons the state bar could demand one of its licensed lawyers to undergo a mental health examination, Wood is arguing.
He further said that the disciplinary board’s actions against him have “had a pronounced chilling effect on his exercise of his free speech rights.”
Not only did the board’s actions violate his First Amendment rights, they also violated his rights under the 14th and Ninth Amendments, his lawsuit states.
Since being banned from Twitter, Wood has taken to alternative social media platforms such as Telegram. Just last week, he posted a draft of the legal complaint on the platform. He labeled the post: “The hunted becomes the hunter.”
In December and January, the state bar allegedly received four complaints from out of state, according to Wood. The complaints took issue with some of the comments Wood made on Twitter. One of those was saying that former Vice President Mike Pence was a traitor. Wood also said the election was stolen, which led to the attacks on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.
As his lawsuit reads:
“Mr. Wood’s Twitter comments constitute political, rhetorical hyperbole and are thus protected speech under the First Amendment and cannot constitutionally serve as a basis for requiring him to undergo a mental health evaluation.”
On Thursday last week, Timothy Batten was appointed as the U.S. District Judge to oversee the case. Wood, though, says that his case is already being rigged against him. Batten has dismissed some other cases that have challenged the results of the 2020 presidential election.
In response to the news of the judge being appointed, Wood wrote on Telegram:
“Wow. What are the odds that a computer would randomly select Judge Batten in 3 out of the 4 election related cases? There are 15 judges on the Northern District (of Georgia) Court bend. Connect the dots.”
Larry Crain and Ibrahim Reyes, both of whom are solo practitioners, are serving as Wood’s co-counsel in the case.
The state bar didn’t respond to requests for comment on the situation for Reuters.