Attorney General Ken Paxton today applauded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s opinion denying the extraordinary relief sought by admitted pedophile and murderer Ricky Langley.

Langley was tried and convicted three times for the killing of a six-year-old boy. He later attempted to escape his prison sentence by claiming a Louisiana court violated federal law when it allowed a jury to find that he specifically intended to kill or severely harm the child.

“I’m pleased that the court agreed that the sought-after relief in this case is reserved only for extreme malfunctions of the court system. This murderer is not entitled to an opportunity to walk free,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Fifth Circuit protected our criminal justice system admirably and ensured that this dangerous, violent criminal is held accountable for his crimes.”

In January, the Office of the Attorney General argued that loosening the standards for criminals to overturn their convictions could subvert necessary criminal justice procedures and risk public safety, and that the relief Langley sought was not available in this case.

View a copy of the opinion here.