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AG Paxton Files Brief in Support of Indiana’s Sanctuary Cities Law
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Austin

“The settlement between Marion County and the ACLU is an attempt to get around a state law they don’t agree with,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The policy agreed to by the county obstructs the federal government’s ability to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, and it puts the safety of police officers and the public at risk. Indiana’s sanctuary cities law should be fully enforced.”

AG Paxton Praises Ruling Against Waller County in Retaliatory Open Carry Lawsuit
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Austin

“This is a great day for the First Amendment and the right of citizens to participate in government,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Waller County should be embarrassed and ashamed of using litigation as a tool to silence someone who merely called on it to stop violating a state law.”

AG Paxton Asks Two More School Districts to Stop Violating Election Law
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Austin

“The Legislature has enacted laws empowering schools to encourage voting and assist students in registering to vote, but school districts violate the Texas Election and Education codes when they exhort faculty or others to vote for a particular person or ballot measure,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Spending taxpayer dollars on advocating for or against political candidates is unacceptable. It erodes public trust in our schools and, more importantly, diverts taxpayer funds from their intended purpose—enabling educators to provide the youth of Texas the education and skills they need to succeed in life and fully participate in our democracy.”

AG Paxton Protects Texas Property Owners in Settlement with Federal Government Over Obama-Era Land Grab
Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Austin

“This was nothing more than a desperate attempt at a parting gift from President Obama to radical environmentalists at the end of his presidency,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Obama administration bypassed Congress to implement rules designed to perpetrate land grabs, kill energy projects and block economic development. I’m pleased the Trump administration will reconsider the rules and I am confident they will ultimately be rescinded.”

AG Paxton Prevails in Lawsuit to Protect Tax Cuts for Carson County Homeowners
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Austin

“Local governments, including school districts, cannot pick and choose which laws to abide by,” Attorney General Paxton said. “White Deer ISD was taking homeowners’ hard-earned money in violation of the Texas Constitution and state law. This lawsuit was about standing up for homeowners in Carson County and Texas voters.”

AG Paxton Praises 5th Circuit Ruling to Uphold Texas’ Sanctuary Cities Law
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – Austin

“I’m pleased the 5th Circuit recognized that Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes. Dangerous criminals shouldn’t be allowed back into our communities to possibly commit more crimes.”

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Johnson County Man for Promotion of Child Pornography
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – Austin

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 64-year-old David Wynn McClary of Cleburne, Texas on five arrest warrants for Promotion of Child Pornography, which is a second-degree felony. According to Texas law, he could face up to 20 years in prison per charge.

AG Paxton Defends Texas Legislature’s Foster Care System Reform at the 5th Circuit
Monday, March 12, 2018 – Austin

“The directives laid out by the District Court are misguided and dangerous, and would reverse the progress Texas has made since the Legislature enacted changes to the system last year,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Addressing concerns regarding the foster care system should be done by the people’s representatives, not an unelected federal judge and the court’s appointed masters who imposed their own unrealistic vision.”

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Hood County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – Austin

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Zachery Allen Crawford from Granbury, Texas on four counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. Crawford, who is 31, could face up to 40 years in prison for the charges, according to state law.

AG Paxton’s Office to Prosecute Nine Counts of Voter Fraud from Nueces County
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – Austin

“Nothing is more vital to our democracy than the integrity of our voting process, and my office will do everything within its abilities to solidify trust in every election in the state of Texas,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We’re grateful to Nueces County Clerk Kara Sands for uncovering these election fraud cases. I’m hopeful these prosecutions will send a message that deters voter fraud in the future.”

AG Paxton Joins 55-Member Coalition Urging Federal Legislation to Allow Full Restitution to Victims of Child Pornography
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Austin

“As the Supreme Court recognized, digital images of each child victim are trafficked worldwide, and there may be thousands of defendants found to possess each victim’s image,” Attorney General Paxton and his counterparts wrote in a letter to House leadership and the House Judiciary Committee. “As a result, victims are only able to receive a small amount of restitution from each defendant and must pursue thousands of cases in order to receive full restitution. Preventing victims from collecting full restitution is unjust to those harmed by the scourge of child pornography. This legislation is vital to protecting victims and our communities.”

AG Paxton: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Bolsters Texas’ Fight to Protect Water Rights to the Rio Grande
Monday, March 5, 2018 – Austin

“The Rio Grande plays an integral role in the water supply for Texas’ border regions and farmers, and New Mexico’s illegal actions have deprived Texans of this vital resource,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I am pleased the Supreme Court delivered an opinion that bolsters our case against New Mexico for taking water from Texas in violation of the Rio Grande Compact.”

AG Paxton Leads 13-State Brief Supporting President Trump’s Authority to Appoint CFPB Director
Friday, March 2, 2018 – Austin

“The existing framework leaves American workplaces vulnerable to rules that may rely on incorrect information and assumptions that are political in nature, inconsistent or not based on expertise,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The CFPB was operating in an unaccountable and unauthorized fashion, and their rogue behavior cannot go unchecked.”