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Friday, December 8, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces Temporary Injunction in Tech Support Scam Case
“My office will not tolerate deceptive sales tactics, especially those that utilize fear to make a buck,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We will do what is necessary to hold these fraudsters accountable for duping Texans out of their hard-earned money.”
Friday, December 8, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Victory in Lawsuit Protecting Tax Cuts for Homeowners
“I am grateful to the court for recognizing this school district’s attempt to siphon money away from Texas homeowners without their vote or consent,” Attorney General Paxton said. “My office will continue to fight local governments that ignore laws they do not like. We will continue to stand up for homeowners in these districts and voters across the state.”
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Wedding Cake Case Gives U.S. Supreme Court the Opportunity to Protect Religious Liberty
“Forcing Jack Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his faith invades his First Amendment rights,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This is a landmark case. If courts allow the government to violate our first liberties of religious freedom and freedom of speech, no other liberty is safe.”
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Defends Texas’ Voter ID Law at 5th Circuit
“We appreciated the opportunity to inform the 5th Circuit that the Legislature passed Senate Bill 5 last session to comply with the changes that this court ordered to the original voter ID law, Senate Bill 14, from 2011,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Those who challenged the voter ID law cannot identify one person who faces a substantial burden to voting under the reasonable-impediment exception of the revised law. We’re hopeful the 5th Circuit will uphold Texas’ common-sense voter ID law.”
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Human Trafficking Unit Arrests Uvalde County Man in Sex Trafficking Case
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Human Trafficking Unit (HTU) of his office arrested 48-year-old Domingo Gonzalez of Uvalde on a warrant for Compelling Prostitution in Bexar County. Compelling prostitution is committed when a person knowingly causes another by force, threat or fraud to commit prostitution. It also occurs when a person causes, by any means, a child younger than 18 to commit prostitution regardless of whether the actor knew the age of the victim when the offense occurred.
Monday, December 4, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 11-State Coalition to Support Federal Immigration Laws and to Promote Respect for Life
“No court has ever before recognized such broad rights for unlawfully-present aliens with virtually no connections to the country,” Attorney General Paxton wrote in the brief. “Under the reasoning of the courts below, there will be no meaningful limit on the constitutional rights an unlawfully-present alien can invoke simply by attempting to enter this country.”
Monday, December 4, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on the Death of San Marcos Police Officer
“Along with everyone learning of a San Marcos police officer’s murder today, I am deeply troubled and saddened. Officers around our state courageously serve and deserve our utmost honor and respect, especially during this time. Please join Angela and me as we pray for the officer’s family, the people of San Marcos, and for our law enforcement officers around the state.”
Monday, December 4, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Houston’s Attempt to Override State Law and Extend Same-Sex Marriage Ruling at Taxpayer Expense
“We’re pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the Texas Supreme Court ruling that the right to a marriage license does not entitle same-sex couples to employee benefits at the expense of Texas taxpayers,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The city of Houston’s former mayor illegally extended those benefits while the traditional, Texas definition of marriage was still in full force.”
Monday, December 4, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on SCOTUS Allowing Full Implementation of President Trump’s Latest Travel Ban
“The Supreme Court ruling reinforced the argument in our brief that the that the travel ban is lawful, constitutional and should be enforced in its entirety,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The president is fulfilling his solemn duty to protect Texans and all Americans from the threat of terror.”
Friday, December 1, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests 3 Men for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested three men this week on charges of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison per charge.
Friday, December 1, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Two Amicus Briefs to Protect Unborn Children
“States have a valid interest in protecting the dignity of human life, and defending human life at all stages of development,” Attorney General Paxton said. “No society should tolerate brutal abortion procedures, or killing an unborn child based on discriminatory beliefs regarding disability, gender or race.”
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Brief Defending President Trump’s Legal Authority to Appoint an Acting Director of the CFPB
“Federal law is on President Trump’s side and the legality of his appointment of Mick Mulvaney to the CFPB was confirmed by the White House counsel’s office, the U.S. Department of Justice and the CFPB’s own general counsel,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The CFPB was unlawfully constituted around an unelected and unaccountable director who ran it as an unauthorized separate branch of government, which is an open invitation for abuses of power. President Trump recognizes that the structure of the CFPB begs checks and balances.”
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Praises Governor Abbott’s Intent to Appoint Former AG Staffer, Jimmy Blacklock, to Texas Supreme Court
“I am proud of Jimmy’s tireless legacy of defending the liberty of Texans at the Office of the Governor and the Office of the Attorney General,” Attorney General Paxton said. “He is a constitutional conservative who will faithfully apply the law and not bend to the desire to rewrite it from the bench. That devotion is absolutely vital for a court that handles so many of Texas’ most important cases.”
Monday, November 27, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins Coalition Supporting President Trump’s Appointment of a Temporary CFPB Director
“It is clear that the Acting Director’s role affords significant influence over decisions that affect day-to-day lives of the people of our States and the country as a whole,” the attorneys general wrote in the letter. “The opposite result would allow an unelected outgoing agency director to choose a temporary successor who may be at odds with the Executive Branch’s understanding of the agency’s mission and statutory mandate – and thereby continue the CFPB’s practice of overreaching regulation that harms the interests of consumers and small financial institutions.”
Monday, November 27, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests McCulloch County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 57-year-old David Ray Gardner, of Brady, last week on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Gardner could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Thursday, November 23, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement On DPS Trooper Killed In The Line of Duty
“I am saddened to hear of the tragic death of a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper killed today in Freestone County. This trooper died selflessly serving Texas. Please join Angela and me as we pray for the trooper’s family and for the entire Department of Public Safety.”
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Appeals Lower Court Decision Blocking Implementation of Texas’ Dismemberment Bill to 5th Circuit
“A five-day trial in district court allowed us to build a record like no other in exposing the truth about the barbaric practice of dismemberment abortions,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We are eager to present that extensive record before the 5th Circuit. No just society should tolerate the tearing of living human beings to pieces. We are hopeful the 5th Circuit will respect the will of the Texas Legislature by upholding Texas’ lawful authority to protect the dignity of innocent unborn children as they die.”
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Will Immediately Appeal Ruling on Dismemberment Abortion Ban to Protect the Unborn
“During a five-day trial this month in district court, we created a record unlike any other in exposing the horrors of dismemberment abortions. No just society should tolerate the tearing of living human beings to pieces,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Through extraordinary evidence and expert witness testimony, we established that Senate Bill 8 is lawful, treats the unborn with dignity and respect, and protects the integrity of the medical profession. We will defend Senate Bill 8 all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary.”
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 12-State SCOTUS Brief in Travel Ban Case
“Through its latest travel ban, the Trump administration has taken significant and common-sense steps to upgrade vetting and national security procedures vital to protecting Texas and the rest of the country from terrorism,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We’re hopeful the Supreme Court will agree with our coalition that the travel ban is lawful and constitutional, and should be enforced in its entirety.”
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.”

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