Tribpedia: Ken Paxton

Analysis: A Political Summons With No Answer

The Texas Capitol, May 15, 2015.
The Texas Capitol, May 15, 2015.

A viable political opposition would be making hay of the mistakes of top Republicans like the attorney general and the commissioner of agriculture, and — that “and” is the most important element here — its voters would be rallying to the call. Looking for signs of a long-awaited Democratic resurgence in Texas? Sorry.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton pleaded not guilty to felony charges in court in Fort Worth on Aug. 27.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton pleaded not guilty to felony charges in court in Fort Worth on Aug. 27.

Third Prosecutor Added to Ken Paxton Case

Former Harris County prosecutor Nicole DeBorde has joined the team pursuing three felony charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton related to securities fraud. Her appointment comes as Paxton is looking for a new lawyer. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices on July 29, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices on July 29, 2015

Paxton Wants High Court to Block Birth Control Coverage

Backing up two Texas religious universities, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday asking it to take up a lawsuit against the federal government over contraceptive coverage required under the Affordable Care Act.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices on July 29, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services regarding an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices on July 29, 2015

State to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Obtain Amended Death Certificates

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who was facing possible contempt of court charges, vowed on Monday that the state would revise its policies in the next week to allow same-sex couples to obtain amended death certificates.

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke on June 22, 2105, at an event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation discussing the impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke on June 22, 2105, at an event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation discussing the impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Analysis: Blame, Reputation and the Long Road Back

The political blaming started quickly after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's indictments on Monday, and the elections will see some argument over who's shooting at the AG. But it will take more than politics to save his reputation.

TX Attorney General Ken Paxton, speaks to media following remarks at event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan on June 22, 2015
TX Attorney General Ken Paxton, speaks to media following remarks at event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan on June 22, 2015

Analysis: Paxton and the High Expense of a Good Defense

Attorney General Ken Paxton, facing three indictments on securities charges, is up against a hard fact of the criminal justice system: Defending yourself is very expensive. And attorneys familiar with the state’s campaign finance laws say that because the charges are related to Paxton's work as a private attorney and businessman, he can’t tap the money in his substantial campaign account.

TX Attorney General Ken Paxton, speaks to media following remarks at event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan on June 22, 2015
TX Attorney General Ken Paxton, speaks to media following remarks at event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan on June 22, 2015

Paxton to Supporters: "I Expect to Be Fully Vindicated"

In his first public statement since being arrested on charges of securities fraud, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in an e-mail to supporters Tuesday that he expects "to be fully vindicated of these charges when the full facts of the case come to light."

 

Top, left to right: Special Prosecutor Brian Wice, Paxton Attorney Joe Kendall. Bottom, left to right: Judge George Gallagher; Special Prosecutor Kent Schaffer.
Top, left to right: Special Prosecutor Brian Wice, Paxton Attorney Joe Kendall. Bottom, left to right: Judge George Gallagher; Special Prosecutor Kent Schaffer.

A Guide to the Legal Players in the Paxton Case

As allegations that Ken Paxton improperly steered people into investments while failing to disclose his own financial involvement take the spotlight, so have a series of legal heavyweights on both sides of the case. Here’s a guide to sorting out who’s who in the legal drama playing out around the Texas attorney general.

 

 

TX Attorney General Ken Paxton, speaks to media following remarks at event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan on June 22, 2015
TX Attorney General Ken Paxton, speaks to media following remarks at event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan on June 22, 2015

Paxton No Stranger to Controversial Business Deals

Even before Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton admitted he violated civil securities laws — or faced a subsequent criminal investigation — he had come under fire from watchdogs and political opponents for allegedly crossing ethical lines with his private business interests and failing to disclose all of his dealings on personal financial statements.

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices.

Analysis: A Make-or-Break Moment for Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, facing indictment on felony securities charges, could actually boost his career with an acquittal. But a conviction would likely end it.

The nation's more than 600 coal-burning power plants are the main target of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, his most determined effort yet to tackle the effects of global warming by reshaping the nation’s power sector.
The nation's more than 600 coal-burning power plants are the main target of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, his most determined effort yet to tackle the effects of global warming by reshaping the nation’s power sector.

Utilities Hope Texas Plays Ball on Clean Air Plan

After President Obama unveils the nitty-gritty of his sweeping, state-by-state plan to fight climate change, no one doubts Texas will sue. But some who will bear the brunt of complying with the new regulations are calling that knee-jerk reaction shortsighted.