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AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Rangers, the top cops in the Lone Star State, are getting to the bottom of a new case: Who s behind a series of tweets lampooning a local city council.

The parody Twitter accounts target council members in Huntsville, home to the nation s busiest execution chamber. One of the confessed tweeters says it s political parody. But a local prosecutor thinks the accounts could be criminal and asked the Rangers to investigate.

That s absurd to some constitutional experts, who say the tweets are a cut-and-dry case of First Amendment protections. The investigation is ongoing.

Few badges pack more lore than those of the Texas Rangers. Tom Vinger, a spokesman for the Texas Rangers, says that the Rangers have invested only a matter of hours so far.

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