CASEWoodfill v. Parker

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The city of Houston attempted to subpoena 17 different types of communications belonging to several area pastors in a lawsuit in which the pastors are not even involved. City officials were upset over a voter lawsuit filed after the city council rejected valid petitions to repeal a law that, in part, allows members of the opposite sex into each other’s restrooms. The city illegitimately demanded that the pastors, who were not party to the lawsuit, turn over their constitutionally protected speeches, e-mails, text messages, and other communications with their congregants simply so the city could see if the pastors had ever opposed or criticized the city.
News Releases

ADF: Texas high court right to stop Houston’s abuse of power

Houston mayor withdraws subpoenas, but scandal not fully resolved

Religious Freedom

Houston mayor withdraws subpoenas, but scandal not fully resolved

ADF official comment

Oct 29, 2014 Read More

US civil rights commissioner to Houston mayor: Withdraw subpoenas of pastors

Religious Freedom

US civil rights commissioner to Houston mayor: Withdraw subpoenas of pastors

Member of U.S. Commission on Civil Rights asks Mayor Annise Parker to withdraw demand for pastors’ speeches, private communications

Oct 23, 2014 Read More

Houston still doesn’t get it with ‘revised’ subpoenas

Religious Freedom

Houston still doesn’t get it with ‘revised’ subpoenas

ADF official comment

Oct 17, 2014 Read More

No support for claim that Houston is ‘backing off’ subpoenas

Religious Freedom

No support for claim that Houston is ‘backing off’ subpoenas

ADF official comment

Oct 16, 2014 Read More

Houston, we have a problem

Religious Freedom

Houston, we have a problem

Angry over voter lawsuit, city demands to pick through sermons, other communications from pastors who aren’t involved

Oct 13, 2014 Read More
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https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/woodfill-v.-parker/woodfill-v-parker---texas-supreme-court-opinion.pdf?sfvrsn=c8f469a5_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/woodfill-v.-parker/woodfill-v-parker---city-of-houston-preliminary-response-to-motion-to-quash-subpoenas.pdf?sfvrsn=8b7670e5_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/woodfill-v.-parker/woodfill-v-parker---memo-in-support-of-motion-to-quash-subpoenas.pdf?sfvrsn=b32a1d_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/woodfill-v.-parker/woodfill-v-parker---motion-to-quash-subpoenas.pdf?sfvrsn=986d0fde_4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/mainsite-new/docs/default-source/documents/legal-documents/woodfill-v.-parker/woodfill-v-parker---example-of-city-of-houston-subpoena-request.pdf?sfvrsn=d55fa09d_6
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State Supreme Court
Texas Supreme Court opinion Jul 24 2015
Trial Court
City of Houston preliminary response to motion to quash subpoenas Oct 17 2014
Trial Court
Memo in support of motion to quash subpoenas Oct 09 2014
Trial Court
Motion to quash subpoenas Oct 09 2014
Trial Court
Example of City of Houston subpoena request Sep 10 2014

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