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Attorney General Ken Paxton Trial In Harris County To Begin Sept. 12

Marjorie Kamys Cotera
The Texas Tribune
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a May 25, 2016, press conference.

Attorney General Ken Paxton's newly relocated trial on securities fraud charges is scheduled to begin Sept. 12.

The judge in the case set the trial date Wednesday, a day after moving the proceedings to Harris County. The trial had originally been scheduled to start May 1 in Collin County.

The judge, George Gallagher, said in his scheduling order that the trial "will conclude no later than" Sept. 22. The order also said jury selection will begin Sept 11.

Paxton is accused of misleading investors in a company from before his time as attorney general. If convicted, he could face up to 99 years in prison.

The trial scheduled for Sept. 12 deals with the lesser charge that Paxton failed to register with the state securities board. Prosecutors have said they want to first hold a trial on that charge before moving on to the more serious allegations against Paxton. 

The Texas Tribune provided this story.