Lawyer's prayerful social media posts draw judicial warning



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DALLAS (AP) — A Texas defense attorney is being told to refrain from revealing details about ongoing trials in his prayerful posts on social media.

Attorney Mark Griffith asks online for God's providence and says he prays before and during a trial. He often invokes his clients as part of his prayer.

One post on the Facebook page for Griffith & Associates says, "I see God, directing me in my fights for justice. I see God in everything, including my clients. They are scorned, chastised, maligned and cast aside. These are the people Jesus sought out and helped."

Judges in separate cases in Ellis County, south of Dallas, have warned him about postings that reveal details of court proceedings.

But Griffith argues that court restrictions could amount to an infringement of his constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

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254-v-35-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor)--A Texas defense attorney is being told to refrain from revealing details about ongoing trials in his prayerful posts on social media. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (17 Aug 2016)

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