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Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Defends Constitutionality of Texas’ Foster Care System at 5th Circuit
“We appreciated the opportunity to demonstrate that this case raises serious federalism concerns when an unelected federal judge sought to substitute her own individual judgment for that of the people of Texas’ duly elected representatives, executive officers, and judges,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The district court’s misguided directives will irreparably harm the foster care system, uproot many children, and reverse the progress that Texas has made since the Legislature enacted landmark changes to the system last year.”
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Dispatches Letters to Three School Districts to Halt Unlawful Electioneering
“My office fully encourages Texas schools to educate their students on civic duties and assist them in registering to vote. But pushing faculty or others to vote for a particular person is a clear violation of the Texas Election and Education Codes,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These school districts must understand that they are responsible, as all state agencies are, for refraining from spending public funds on advocating for or opposing political candidates. The electioneering of these school districts is unacceptable and a poor example of the civic responsibility, integrity, and honesty that Texas educators should model for our students.”
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins Bipartisan Coalition Urging Congress To End Secret Sexual Harassment Settlements
“Congress today has both opportunity and cause to champion the rights of victims of sexual harassment in the workplace by enacting legislation to free them from the injustice of forced arbitration and secrecy when it comes to seeking redress from egregious misconduct condemned by all concerned Americans,” the attorneys general wrote.
Monday, February 12, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on President Trump’s Nomination of Former Texas Deputy Solicitor General Andrew Oldham to the 5th Circuit
“Along with being one of the brightest legal minds around, Andy Oldham has a proven and distinguished record of excellence, professionalism and public service,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Judges who adhere to the Constitution and rule of law are desperately needed today, and I’m confident that Andy will faithfully fulfill that duty when his nomination to the 5th Circuit is confirmed.”
Friday, February 9, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Brief to Defend Arizona Law Keeping Taxpayer Money from Firms that Boycott Israel
“The movement to boycott companies and citizens based on nothing more than the Israeli nationality listed on their articles of incorporation or passports is an attempt to cause economic isolation and injury to a key ally and trading partner of Texas and the rest of the United States,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Arizona’s law, which is similar to those in Texas, Nevada and many other states, simply supports a long-established principle of non-discrimination and is wholly constitutional.”
Monday, February 5, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces Significant Voter Fraud Initiative and Offers Assistance in Addressing Starr County Voter Fraud
“It is an honor that District Attorney Escobar invited my office to assist him with both enforcement and education. We will do everything within our abilities and resources to solidify trust in the voting process, and we hope that Chairman Hughes will consider important legal remedies to this state-wide issue,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Voting for our elected leaders is a solemn right the American people hold. We must protect the integrity of that process.”
Friday, February 2, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Halts Sale of Illegal Synthetic Drugs in $2.5 Million Settlement with Houston Smoke Shop
Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office, in coordination with Harris County and the city of Houston, obtained a permanent injunction to shut down Fantasy Smoking and Accessories, which sold synthetic cannabinoids without disclosing that the substances are illegal and potentially dangerous. Store owners Glenn and Judy Cohen will pay more than $2.5 million in a final settlement.
Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Austin
AG Ken Paxton: Texas Prevails Over the Obama Administration’s Unlawful Felon Hiring Rule
“The Obama Administration overreached its legal authority by imposing EEOC hiring directives that preempt state law and ignore the very real risks to public safety,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has the sovereign right to impose categorical bans on the hiring of criminals for such jobs as state troopers, school teachers and jailers, and the EEOC has no authority to say otherwise. Requiring Texas to issue badges and guns to felons is bad policy and unlawful.”
Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Austin
MEDIA ADVISORY: John David Battaglia Scheduled for Execution
Pursuant to a court order by 363rd Judicial District Court of Dallas County, John David Battaglia is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Lorena Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Thomas Lee Scott, 58, of Lorena, on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison per charge.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 15-State Coalition Defending Kentucky Informed-Consent Law to Protect the Health of Mothers and the Life of the Unborn
“Legislation enacted in Kentucky, Texas, and other states ensures that a woman seeking an abortion has all the facts about the life she is carrying, and understands the devastating impact of such a life-ending decision,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We will fight any attempt to block state laws that value and protect the health of the mother and the life of the unborn.”
Monday, January 29, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Stands Committed to Honoring the Dignity of the Unborn and Defending Texas Law on the Humane Disposition of Fetal Remains
“Texas values the dignity of the remains of the unborn and believes that fetal tissue should be disposed of properly and humanely,” Attorney General Paxton said. “My office will continue to fight to uphold the constitutionality of the new law, which simply prevents fetal remains from being treated as medical waste.”
Monday, January 29, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Waco Teacher for Possession of Child Pornography
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Waco Independent School District teacher Jeremy Luke Adler, 37, of Woodway, on one count of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony.
Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Travis County Man for Online Solicitation of a Minor
Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 30-year-old Alberto Vazquez, of Austin, on one count of Online Solicitation of a Minor, a second-degree felony.
Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Files U.S. Supreme Court Brief in Support of Trump Administration’s Plan to Phase Out DACA
“Texas has successfully argued at all levels of the federal judiciary that the federal executive branch lacks the power to unilaterally grant lawful presence to unlawfully present aliens” Attorney General Paxton said. “Left intact, DACA would set a dangerous precedent by giving the executive branch sweeping authority to circumvent Congress and change our nation’s immigration laws. Today, consistent with the rule of law and the principle of separation of powers, Congress has an opportunity to act.”
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Multi-State Brief to Prevent Federal Overreach
“We’re asking the 11th Circuit to uphold the lower court’s ruling and prevent overreach by the federal government,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Congress had every reason to believe that federal enforcement of the ADA against the states themselves was not necessary because every state in the union has a history of protecting disabled citizens from discrimination that pre-dates the ADA. Title II of the ADA provides legal recourse to any person alleging discrimination under the law, and that in itself serves as a substantial enforcement procedure.”
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on President Trump’s Nomination of Texas Deputy Solicitor General J. Campbell Barker to U.S. District Court in Tyler
“I proudly support Cam Barker as President Trump’s nominee to fill one of the vacant judgeships in the Eastern District of Texas,” Attorney General Paxton said. “During his career with the DOJ, in private practice, and as deputy solicitor general in my office, Barker has established a proven record of excellence and professionalism. His fidelity to the rule of law and the Constitution will make him a first-rate federal judge.”
Friday, January 19, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Appeal Opposing Today’s Foster Care Ruling
“Texas has a solemn responsibility to care for children removed from their homes due to neglect and abuse of all kinds, and last year the Legislature approved landmark changes in the foster care system. When unelected judges improperly assume control of state institutions, Texas officials cannot make the policy they’ve been entrusted to make,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The judge and special masters acted outside of their legal authority and ordered a plan that is both incomplete and impractical. We are asking the Fifth Circuit to correct this error.”
Friday, January 19, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Commends President Trump for Protecting the Unborn
"Nearing a year in office, President Trump has already taken significant steps to roll back the radical abortion polices of the Obama-era, protect the innocent lives of the unborn, and preserve religious liberties,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The president’s pro-life accomplishments embolden all of us in Texas who believe that every human life, including every baby waiting to be born, is sacred, unique and worthy of protection.”
Friday, January 19, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Lawsuit Against Business that Caused Bastrop Complex Fire
“Six years after the tragic fire, the Bastrop State Park is still living with the consequences of blatant neglect, and wildlife has decreased dramatically,” Attorney General Paxton said. “My office will not stand by and allow the party who could have prevented this destruction to shirk responsibility.”
Friday, January 19, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Issues Statement on Today’s Foster Care Ruling
“The Legislature approved and Governor Abbott signed landmark legislation last year to fund improvements in Texas’ foster care system. Unfunded and unrealistic mandates ordered by an unelected federal judge are misguided. We will immediately appeal this unfortunate decision.”
Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Unveils New Training Video to Mobilize Texans in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
“This remarkable training video represents my deep conviction to inform, educate and empower Texans to prevent, recognize and report human trafficking,” Attorney General Paxton said. “‘Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking’ was created to enlist citizens from every walk of life to help Texas in its nationwide leadership role to combat and ultimately eliminate this horrific and dehumanizing crime.”
Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Austin
MEDIA ADVISORY: Anthony Shore Scheduled for Execution
Pursuant to a court order by 339th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas, Anthony Shore is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018. In 2004, Shore was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death by lethal injection for his role in the killing of Maria Del Carmen Estrada while in the course of committing aggravated sexual assault. Shore also confessed to the murders of Laurie Tremblay, Diana Rebollar and Dana Sanchez, and the aggravated sexual assault of a 14-year-old student. Below is a summary of the evidence.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Austin
MEDIA ADVISORY: AG Paxton to Introduce His Office’s New Human Trafficking Training Video: “Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will introduce the premiere showing of “Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking,” the new human trafficking training video from the Texas attorney general’s office.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 22-State Coalition in Filing Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to Protect the Unborn and Uphold Free Speech Rights
“Forcing pro-life organizations to promote a state-sponsored advertisement for the abortion industry is not the tool of a free government,” Attorney General Paxton said. “California’s unlawful Reproductive FACT Act tramples on the constitutionally protected rights of free speech and free religious expression. The Supreme Court should rule against the law to prevent other states from passing similar legislation intended to turn pro-life pregnancy centers into referral agencies for abortions.”

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