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Friday, May 18, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement on Shooting in Santa Fe, Texas
“The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Santa Fe and those affected by today’s tragic shooting. As horrific reports come out of Santa Fe High School, my office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed.”
Thursday, May 17, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Kerr County Father and Son for Possession of Child Pornography
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested a Kerrville father and son for offenses involving child pornography. Sixty-one-year-old Johnny Richard Ingram Sr. was charged with one count of possession of child pornography. His 39-year-old son, Johnny Richard Ingram Jr., who is a registered sex offender, was charged with three counts of promotion of child pornography. If convicted, Ingram Sr. could face up to 10 years in prison, and his son could face 60 years.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces Lawsuit Against Major Opioid Manufacturer Purdue Pharma for Violation of Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act
“My office is holding Purdue Pharma accountable for fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers including OxyContin when it knew their drugs were potentially dangerous and that its use had a high likelihood of leading to addiction,” Attorney General Paxton said. “As Purdue got rich from sales of its opioids, Texans and others across the nation were swept up in a public health crisis that led to tens of thousands of deaths each year due to opioid overdoses.”
Monday, May 14, 2018 – Austin
MEDIA ADVISORY: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to Make Major Announcement to Combat the Nationwide Opioid Crisis
Announcing Texas’ efforts to combat the opioid crisis
Monday, May 14, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office to Prosecute Two Counts of Non-Citizen Voter Fraud from Harris County
“This case demonstrates my office’s commitment to protecting the integrity of elections,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We will continue to do everything in our power to safeguard the electoral process in Texas.”
Monday, May 7, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division Stops Sales of Unlawful and Potentially Dangerous Contact Lenses at 37 Retailers and Distributors in Texas
“My office’s contact lens sweep is a reminder to Texans to safeguard their vision by using only contact lenses prescribed for them by a licensed practitioner,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We will continue to take appropriate action against retailers and businesses that endanger consumers by selling unlawful lenses. We strongly urge anyone who has found retailers selling lenses without a prescription to contact our office.”
Monday, May 7, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Urges HHS to Remove Obstacle Limiting Access to Health Services for Low-Income Women in Texas
“States have discretion in implementing the Medicaid Act, including in setting qualifications for providers,” Attorney General Paxton wrote. “Texas and the Healthy Texas Women program should not be penalized through the continued withholding of federal funds merely because Texas has exercised the authority that federal law has granted to it—namely, the authority to refuse to be a conduit for channeling taxpayer funds to abortion providers pursuant to state law.”
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Files for Nationwide Preliminary Injunction to Halt the Unlawful Obama-Era DACA Program
“It’s a travesty of justice that three unelected federal judges are forcing the Trump administration to leave an unlawful program like DACA in place indefinitely,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Activist judges should not stand in the way of the president fulfilling his constitutional duty. Our coalition is confident it will prevail with its lawsuit to end DACA, but in the meantime, the federal government must be enjoined from issuing or renewing any DACA permits under this unlawful program.”
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – Austin
Video and Text of AG Paxton’s Remarks At Press Conference Announcing 7-State Lawsuit Challenging the Unlawful Obama-Era DACA Program
Attorney General Ken Paxton’s remarks from today’s news conference announcing a Texas-led seven state lawsuit against the federal government to end the unconstitutional Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 7-State Lawsuit Challenging the Unlawful Obama-Era DACA Program
“Our lawsuit is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has argued for years that the federal executive branch lacks the power to unilaterally grant unlawfully present aliens lawful presence and work authorization. Left intact, DACA sets a dangerous precedent by giving the executive branch sweeping authority to ignore the laws enacted by Congress and change our nation’s immigration laws to suit a president’s own policy preferences.”
Monday, April 30, 2018 – Austin
OAG Collaborates with Local Law Enforcement to Bring Child Predators to Justice in Bell County
Continuing efforts to protect Texas children from dangerous child predators, the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office arrested four men in Bell County for online solicitation of a minor during an undercover operation last week that also involved the attorney general’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Intervenes in Lawsuit Challenging City of Austin’s Unlawful Sick Leave Ordinance
“The Austin City Council’s disdain and blatant disregard for the rule of law is an attempt to unlawfully and inappropriately usurp the authority of the state lawmakers chosen by Texas voters and must be stopped,” Attorney General Paxton said.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Defends Texas Legislature’s Foster Care System at the 5th Circuit
“We successfully demonstrated the absurdity of the lower court’s ruling to the 5th Circuit. The ruling was arrived at by an unelected federal judge who misapplied the law, hijacked control of our state’s foster care system, and ordered an ill-conceived plan by the special masters that is both incomplete and impractical,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The directives from the lower court would reverse the progress Texas has made since the Legislature made reforms to the foster care system last year. Responsibility for determining policy priorities and implementing best practices lies with the legislative and executive branches of government. I’m optimistic that the 5th Circuit will recognize that and correct the lower court’s error.”
Friday, April 27, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds 5th Circuit Decision Upholding Texas’ Voter ID Law
“The court rightly recognized that when the Legislature passed Senate Bill 5 last session, it complied with every change the 5th Circuit ordered to the original voter ID law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is essential to preserving our democracy. The revised voter ID law removes any burden on voters who cannot obtain a photo ID.”
Friday, April 27, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Plan to Review and Repeal the Unlawful Obama-Era Clean Power Plan
“We appreciate the Trump administration’s recognition that the NSPS’s nonsensical contributions to the unlawful Clean Power Plan warrant review,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We’re proud to have led a strong coalition opposing this baseless overreach, and we look forward to working with the EPA to find logical, lawful ways to protect both our environment and economy.”
Friday, April 27, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Announces Grand Jury Indictments of Three Candidates from 2016 Jefferson County Sheriff’s Race for Accepting Illegal Campaign Contributions
"Our election laws were established to protect the right of Texans to govern themselves through their elected representatives and to ensure fair and transparent elections, and it is the responsibility of the attorney general to enforce those protections,” Attorney General Paxton said. “No one is above the law. The conduct of the people indicted by the grand jury is illegal and erodes the public trust. Working with local and state law enforcement, my office intends to hold them accountable.”
Thursday, April 26, 2018 – Austin
20-State Coalition Led by AG Paxton Seeks Injunction Against Obamacare
“From the outset, Obamacare’s individual mandate caused countless Americans to purchase insurance they don’t need or enroll in programs that put a tremendous financial burden on Texas and other states,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The sooner Obamacare is enjoined, the better, so that states and individuals can prepare to operate freely again without the stranglehold of a failed Obama-era social experiment.”
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Congratulates Kyle Duncan on His Confirmation to the 5th Circuit
“I am confident that Kyle Duncan has the utmost respect for our constitutional system and will remain devoted to the rule of law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “There is no doubt that Kyle faithfully adheres to the founding principles of the U.S. Constitution and will honor that in his position as a federal judge.”
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement on Passing of Dallas Police Officer
“I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of the courageous Dallas PD officer, Rogelio Santander, who died today as a result of yesterday’s shooting. Please join me in praying for the officer’s family, as well as officers in Dallas and everywhere, as they mourn the loss of their colleague. May swift justice prevail and may God grant peace to those who grieve.”
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office, U.S. Department of Justice Defend Texas’ Redistricting Maps at the U.S. Supreme Court
Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller and a top lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after they presented powerful oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of Texas’ redistricting maps. Last year, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in San Antonio invalidated two of Texas’ 36 congrssional districts (27 and 35) and multiple state House districts. Attorney General Paxton appealed the rulings to the high court, which blocked them from taking effect until it could hear the case today.
Monday, April 23, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests McLennan County Man for Possession of Lewd Images of a Child
Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Matthew Richard Hightower of Waco on five counts of possession of lewd visual material depicting a child. If convicted, the 26-year-old could face up to 10 years in a state jail facility.
Friday, April 20, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Praises Heroic Actions of Celina Firefighter
“I am so proud of Andrew Needum and his courageous response during an unfathomable air crisis,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Although Andrew responded as any trained firefighter would, he acted heroically placing himself in harm’s way to attempt to save the life of a fellow passenger.”
Friday, April 20, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Obtains $2 Million Judgment Against Happie Hippie Smoke Shop for Selling Illegal Synthetic Drugs
“My office will continue to use all legal means possible to protect Texans and their families from the scourge of synthetic drugs,” Attorney General Paxton said. “As evidenced by the outcome of this latest case, businesses that sell synthetic drugs will be held accountable.”
Friday, April 20, 2018 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Reaches Settlement with Patterson Companies Over Dental Supply Boycott
“Conspiring with competitors to prevent the emergence of new distribution channels for goods and services is contrary to the free market and violates antitrust laws,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Such interference should not be tolerated in any industry. My office will continue to ensure that companies doing business in Texas have the opportunity to compete in a truly free market.”
Friday, April 20, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Bell County Doctor for Possession of Child Pornography
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested a 55-year-old doctor from Temple on one count of possession of child pornography. If convicted, John Middlemiss Palmer could spend up to 20 years in federal prison.

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