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Appeals Court Upholds Fraud Charges Against Paxton

Jun 2, 2016
Robert Hart / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has lost his latest bid for dismissal of the securities fraud charges he faces. 

A non-binding legal opinion issued by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton states that Texas can withhold federal funding to nonprofit refugee resettlement groups if these groups ignore the state’s security verification program for Syrian and Iraqi refugees being sent to the state.  

Texas Attorney General Backs Dallas' Effort To Bar Porn Convention

Apr 15, 2016
Courtney Collins / KERA News

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed court documents on Thursday defending the Dallas City Council's efforts to bar from the city's convention center an event billed as the "largest event in the USA dedicated to love & sex." 

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton with securities fraud for allegedly improperly recruiting investors for a high-tech Texas startup.

NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports for our Newscast unit that the federal civil lawsuit accuses Paxton — then a member of the Texas House of Representatives — of defrauding investors when he promoted the tech startup Servergy Inc., without disclosing that he was being paid to do so. Wade says:

SEC Charges Texas AG Ken Paxton With Securities Fraud

Apr 11, 2016
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been charged in federal court with allegedly misleading investors in a technology company. 

Grand Jury Halts Paxton Land Sale Investigation

Mar 23, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

A Collin County grand jury looking into a 2004 land sale tied to a business group involving Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has decided to drop its investigation, a lawyer for the McKinney Republican said Wednesday.

The nationwide debate over daily fantasy sports has focused on Texas for the last few days. Last Friday, one of the two major fantasy websites FanDuel agreed to pull out of Texas. The other site, DraftKings sued in Dallas County to have fantasy sports betting declared legal.

Laura Buckman / Texas Tribune

The list of investigations into Attorney General Ken Paxton’s conduct just got a little bit longer.

From Texas Standard:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has vowed to beat the odds and quash online sports gambling. Even if you don't play daily fantasy sports, you've probably encountered the names of the sites: Draft Kings, Fan Duel. They advertise incessantly so you might be tempted to admit that's a measure of their prominence and popularity.

Despite that popularity, those sites may soon be gone from Texas. Paxton says sites that charge players to compete cannot operate legally in the state.

Fantasy Sports Sites Involve Illegal Gambling, Texas Attorney General Says

Jan 19, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

While placing bets on fantasy sports sites might involve skill, there is still an element of chance that equates such leagues with illegal gambling in Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a nonbinding opinion released Tuesday.

Investigation Targets Complaint Against Ken Paxton Over Land Deal

Jan 15, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

A Collin County grand jury is investigating whether a land sale tied to a business group involving Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was improper.

Texas Attorney General Unveils Unit To Fight Human Trafficking

Jan 14, 2016
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday announced a new unit in his office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Collin County Judge Denies Paxton's Motions To Dismiss Charges

Dec 11, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

A Collin County judge has denied Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's requests to dismiss criminal charges accusing him of financial fraud.

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The legal battle over the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Texas took another turn Friday. Texas withdrew its request to block Syrian refugees from coming here. The state isn’t dropping the suit though – it’s asked the judge for an injunction hear by Wednesday.

Paxton Announces Legal Defense Team for Fraud Case

Sep 11, 2015

From the Texas Tribune: After spending more than two weeks without a lawyer, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has secured a defense team in the ongoing financial fraud case against him. 

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has pleaded not guilty to charges of defrauding investors before he became the state's top lawyer.

Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

Expected to formally plead not guilty to three felony charges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is set to appear in court Thursday for the first time since his booking earlier this month.

Judge Gives Texas Aug. 24 Deadline On Same-Sex Marriage Policies

Aug 12, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

A federal judge has given the state an Aug. 24 deadline to recognize same-sex marriages on death and birth certificates. 

Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has again told a federal judge that he shouldn't have to personally appear before him and contest being held in contempt of court.

Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Texas must recognize the same-sex marriage of a Conroe resident by naming him as the surviving spouse on his late husband's death certificate.

A Guide To The Legal Players In The Ken Paxton Case

Aug 4, 2015
Graphic by The Texas Tribune.

The state’s top law enforcement officer — Attorney General Ken Paxton — now faces three felony charges related to possible securities fraud in business dealings before he took office.

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A lawyer specializing in white collar financial crime says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces tough felony charges alleged in Monday’s unsealed indictments. Paxton says he’s not guilty, while Democrats want him to resign.

Update 2:33 p.m.: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's lawyer says Paxton will plead not guilty to felony securities fraud charges and request a jury trial.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to turn himself in on felony securities fraud charges and so far, state Republican leaders are not rushing to his defense.

An interesting immigration case is winding its way through a federal court in Austin, Texas: A group of mothers has filed suit against the chief of the state's Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit, because it has refused to give their U.S.-born children birth certificates.

The issue here is not whether or not these children are U.S. citizens. They are and that's made plain by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which says most people born in the U.S. are automatically citizens.

Prosecutors Developing Criminal Case Against Texas AG Ken Paxton

Jul 2, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

The potential criminal case against Attorney General Ken Paxton is apparently growing more serious, with the state's top lawyer hiring heavyweight legal counsel of his own as special prosecutors prepare to take felony charges before a Collin County grand jury.

From Texas Standard:

Recent polls suggest the majority of Americans agree with the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, but opposition to same-sex marriage remains prevalent in southern states like Texas and Louisiana.

Just this week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that county clerks don’t need to issue marriage licenses if doing so goes against their faith. Paxton and other opponents of same-sex marriage argue that the government shouldn’t be allowed to interfere with how someone practices their faith.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton calls the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and says state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

2 Attorneys Appointed To Replace Collin County DA In Paxton Probe

Apr 22, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Two Houston attorneys have been appointed to replace Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis in any potential prosecution of Attorney General Ken Paxton for violating state securities law.

Texas Sues Feds Over Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

Mar 19, 2015
Natasha Kramskaya/

The state of Texas is suing the Obama administration for giving medical leave benefits to certain same-sex couples, according to an announcement Wednesday from Attorney General Ken Paxton.