Robert Ranco

Robert Ranco

A Central Texas civil lawyer who garnered national attention last weekend for a tweet advocating sexual violence against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has resigned.

Robert Ranco submitted his resignation to the Carlson Law Firm, which has offices in Killeen and Temple.

A Ranco tweet caused a national firestorm when he negatively responded to DeVos’ Title IX decrees that advocated removing male college students accused of sexual assault without due process.

“I’m not wishing for it...but I’d be ok if #Betsy DeVos was sexually assaulted,” Ranco tweeted Friday evening.

Ranco, 48, of Round Rock, resigned Monday and took responsibility, saying it was a mistake.

The State Bar of Texas Twitter feed was filled Saturday with negative comments about Ranco and the law firm.

By Tuesday, 3,382 people had signed a petition calling for the removal of Ranco’s license to practice law in Texas. The intent is to send the petition to the Texas Bar Association.

Ranco represented the family of Lyle Blanchard in a civil lawsuit against Bell County Sheriff’s Cpl. Shane Geers for allegedly using excessive force during a shooting that followed a traffic stop on Aug. 30, 2016, in Harker Heights. The family withdrew the lawsuit last month after a federal judge recommended the suit be dismissed.

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