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Monday, November 20, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement on Fallen U.S. Border Patrol Agent
“I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the family of Agent Rogelio Martinez killed in the line of duty yesterday in Texas. He served our country faithfully and will forever be remembered as a heroic officer. Angela and I are praying for his family and his colleagues as they mourn his loss.”
Friday, November 17, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Brief Urging the Supreme Court to Protect Prayer at Public Meetings
“Lawmaker-led prayer has existed across the country for more than a century,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Opening legislative meetings in prayer has consistently involved lawmakers themselves exercising their own religious liberty.”
Thursday, November 16, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Child Predators Brought to Justice in Williamson County Operation
Continuing its efforts to protect children from dangerous child predators, the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office arrested three men in Williamson County for Online Solicitation of a Minor during an online operation last week. The men were all charged with a second-degree felony and booked into the Williamson County Jail without incident.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Criminal Prosecutions Division Helps Obtain the Death Penalty in Mass Murder Case
“We are grateful on behalf of the victims’ families that justice has been served, and we are thankful that this vicious killer has been removed from society,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Given the brutal nature of the mass murders, anything short of the death penalty would have been disproportionate. I am grateful to the Criminal Prosecutions Division of my office and the Anderson County DA’s office for all of the hard work they put into trying and winning this case.”
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: 39,000 Texans May Be Eligible for Refunds Now in Western Union Settlement
“Scam artists are always looking for new ways to fool people into wiring them money, including schemes involving deceiving people into believing they are speaking with family members, romantic interests, lotteries or contests,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These fraudsters will be held accountable for their abuse of hardworking Texans.”
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Affirms Support for Former OAG Staffers Don Willett and James C. Ho for 5th Circuit Nominations
“As their testimony today showed, Justice Willett and Jim Ho are brilliant legal minds who will honor the Constitution, follow the rule of law and refrain from legislating from the bench,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I was proud to recommend them to President Trump and look forward to their approval by the U.S. Senate so they can begin their important work as judges on the 5th Circuit.”
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Smith County Child Support Roundup Results in 24 Arrests
“My office will not allow parents to sidestep their fundamental and moral responsibility to care for their children,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “I want to thank the law enforcement officials who held parents accountable for their court-ordered child support, and I encourage all parents who may owe back child support to contact my office immediately to resolve the issue.”
Monday, November 13, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files More Lawsuits Against Businesses Accused of Price Gouging During Hurricane Harvey
“Price gouging by unscrupulous profiteers is something that no Texan should have been confronted with during a declared disaster like Hurricane Harvey,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Price gouging is illegal, unconscionable and completely opposite the spirit of cooperation we saw just about everywhere else in our state before, during and after the hurricane. My office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute more cases arising from Harvey.”
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Evidence, Expert Testimony at 5-Day Trial Demonstrate the Constitutionality of Texas’ Ban on Inhumane Dismemberment Abortions
“I am hopeful the district court will find that Texas has an interest in protecting and fostering respect for human life, including unborn life, and that it will uphold the state’s lawful authority to protect the life and dignity of unborn children from barbaric dismemberment abortions,” Attorney General Paxton said. “During the trial, we demonstrated that Senate Bill 8 is lawful and constitutional, and is consistent with the respect for human life and acceptable medical ethics.”
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Crime Victim Services Division On-Site Assisting Victims of Mass Shooting in Sutherland Springs
“As we continue to mourn the tragic loss of innocent life in Sutherland Springs, my office is committed to providing assistance to those who face enormous obstacles on their road to recovery,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The untold story in the aftermath of this tragedy is the deep financial toll it can take on victims and their families who face crime-related expenses not reimbursed by other sources.”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks 5th Circuit to Uphold Texas’ Sanctuary Cities Law
“I am encouraged by the judges’ responses to our arguments that Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and a public safety issue,” said Attorney General Paxton, who attended the hearing in New Orleans. “Sanctuary policies risk the safety of law enforcement officers and the safety of law-abiding Texans by releasing dangerous criminals back onto our streets. I am hopeful the 5th Circuit will side with the rule of law and give our state the right to fully enforce Senate Bill 4 and protect our citizens.”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Praises Actions by President Trump and Congress to Rescind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Unconstitutional Arbitration Rule
“We’re fortunate to have a president and a Congress who are faithful to the Constitution. They recognize that the CFPB was unlawfully constituted, and that the Constitution does not permit its unelected director to unilaterally impose his will on our economy,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I am confident that our arguments would have prevailed in court, had the case progressed that far. The next step is for Congress to do away with the CFPB altogether.”
Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement on Shooting in Sutherland Springs
“The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Sutherland Springs as tragic reports come out of First Baptist Church. My office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed. Please join Angela and me as we pray for those impacted by this horrific shooting.”
Friday, November 3, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 12-State Amicus Brief Defending Trump Administration’s Constitutional Travel Ban in 4th Circuit
“The Trump administration has taken significant and common-sense steps through the travel ban to upgrade vetting of foreign nationals who enter the U.S. and strengthen national security procedures,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The travel ban is constitutional, lawful and vital to protecting Texans and all Americans from those who intend to commit terrorist attacks in our country.”
Friday, November 3, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement on Hargan v. Garza
“I strongly support the Department of Justice asking the Supreme Court today to vacate the lower court’s ruling. It seems very clear to me that ACLU lawyers misled the Department of Justice in order to carry out this heinous act against an innocent unborn life. I hope the Court will hold the responsible ACLU lawyers accountable for their conduct.”
Friday, November 3, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 12-State Amicus Brief Defending Trump Administration’s Latest Travel Ban
“The Trump administration’s latest travel ban is a lawful exercise of statutorily authorized executive power over foreign affairs and national security, and a reasonable response to the ongoing threat of terrorism in our country,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The president is fulfilling his solemn duty to protect Texans and all Americans.”
Friday, November 3, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Continues Formal Investigation Into Equifax Data Breach Affecting 12.2 Million Texans
“My office seeks documents and other information from Equifax that will allow us to thoroughly examine all the facts and circumstances surrounding the massive data breach,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Our primary responsibility is to protect Texas consumers, who, through no fault of their own, had their personal and financial information compromised and are now vulnerable to identity theft.”
Thursday, November 2, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement on Day 1 of Dismemberment Bill Trial
“Today marks the beginning of a historic trial in Texas, where we’re defending Texas’ legal right, authorized by Senate Bill 8, to protect the basic human rights and dignity of the unborn,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Senate Bill 8 reasonably prohibits live dismemberment of babies still in the womb, a brutal, gruesome and inhumane procedure that involves an abortionist tearing a fully formed child apart limb by limb until its death.”
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement on Tragic Attack in New York City
“Once again, Americans are deeply troubled and heartbroken by the terrorism attack in New York City today. The resilience of that city – and of all Americans – will outshine this darkness today, and in the days ahead. Angela and I join with all Texans praying for those impacted by this tragedy and for our nation.”
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Criminal Investigations Division Reaches New Milestones with 10,000 Total Arrests and 9,000th Fugitive Apprehension
“These monumental milestones are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Criminal Investigations Division’s brave law enforcement officers, who don’t always get the public recognition they so richly deserve,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Their bravery, valor and strength remind us of the dangers many of them face every day – dangers they confront without hesitation. I am proud of the job they do to keep Texas stronger, safer and just.”
Monday, October 30, 2017 – Austin
OAG Collaborates with Harris County Sheriff’s Office To Keep Predators Off the Streets
“My office will make every effort possible to ensure that our children are protected from predators,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I commend Sheriff Gonzalez and his office for their hard work, and I thank everyone involved with this collaborative effort to keep our neighborhoods safe.”
Monday, October 30, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Issues Formal Demands to 127 Businesses Accused of Price Gouging During Hurricane Harvey Disaster
“At the outset of Harvey, I made it clear that my office would not tolerate price gouging of vulnerable Texans by any individuals or businesses looking to profit from the hurricane,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We’ve given 127 alleged offenders an opportunity to resolve these issues with our office or face possible legal action for violating state law. Our investigation of other businesses into price gouging remains ongoing.”
Friday, October 27, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Approve Court-Drawn Texas House Maps
“We’re eager for the Supreme Court to review all the facts in this case, which are clearly on our side,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The portion of the House redistricting map invalidated by the lower court is the map the same court drew and approved in 2012 before the Legislature adopted it in 2013. It’s been used in the last three election cycles in Texas, and there is no sound reason for that to change.”
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Amicus Brief Challenging the Constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
“We hope the president will soon take action to do away with the Arbitration Rule, which is bad for business and hurts consumers by giving them fewer options for quickly and efficiently resolving financial disputes,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The CFPB itself is unconstitutional, unanswerable to anyone, and should be done away with.”
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Lawsuit Over Unlawful and Discriminatory Federal Child Placement Law
“I’m suing the federal government today to protect the best interest of Texas children,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Constitution makes clear that people are more than just their racial background. But ICWA elevates a child’s race over their best interest in a way that could endanger Texas children. Such an unconstitutional and dangerous law cannot stand.”

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