AG asks court to rethink cyberstalking law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants the state's top criminal appeals court to rethink striking down a state law that banned the cyberstalking of minors by adults.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that Abbott's request to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has sparked a legal turf war with Lisa McMinn, the state prosecuting attorney. She has asked the appeals court to pay no heed to Abbott's request.

The court struck down the 2005 law in October as a free-speech violation. Abbott argued that his office hadn't been notified that a state law was being challenged as unconstitutional, denying him the opportunity to defend it.

McMinn told the court that only local prosecutors and her office may represent the state in appeals involving criminal cases.

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