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Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: February 17, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017 – Austin

I wrote for Breitbart Texas last year, “Politics has a nasty habit of trumping good policy.” Recent events have made me want to add a postscript: politics makes for a terrible foundation on which to base a court opinion. It can cloud even the most routine of legal questions and turns an opportunity for the court to provide clarity into a morass of bad and often contradictory precedent.

AG Paxton Releases Statement on the Washington State Supreme Court’s Decision in the Arlene’s Flowers Case
Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Austin

“The First Amendment guarantees the liberty to speak freely, and the fundamental right to disagree. The government cannot force individuals to create art against their conscience and deeply held religious beliefs. Today’s display of intolerance by the Washington State Supreme Court both defies the Constitution and seeks to outlaw the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Compelling individuals to speak messages against their sincerely held beliefs is un-American and unconstitutional.”

AG Paxton: Texas Files Amicus Brief Supporting President Trump’s Constitutional Immigration Order
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Austin

“The law makes it very clear that the president has discretion to protect the safety of the American people and our nation’s institutions with respect to who can come into this country,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The safety of the American people and the security of our country are President Trump’s major responsibilities under the law.”

AG Paxton: Harris County Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that officers with his Criminal Investigations Division arrested Daniel James Dickson, 44, of Houston, on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

AG Paxton Leads Six-State Coalition on Brief in Support of Religious Liberty
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Austin

“The government lacks any and all constitutional authority to interfere in the internal administrative affairs of the church; such an intrusion is in fact strictly prohibited,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The First Amendment exists in order to preserve the people’s right to shape their own faith and advance their church’s mission. This, by necessity, includes managing the church’s financial assets and deciding how, when, and by what principles those assets should be invested or spent. For the judiciary to step in is to put the weight of law behind one theological divide and force the court in the position of creating religious doctrine.”

AG Paxton Files Petition in Continued Fight on EPA Overreach
Monday, February 13, 2017 – Austin

“This Rule requires expensive and excessive restrictions that will damage not only our economy, but the livelihood of citizens across the state with little to no effect on the environment,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “It is clear that the EPA has disregarded state-specific plans and successful environmental action in favor of continuing to expand their regulatory power over states. My office will continue to defend our state from the EPA’s harmful, overreaching regulations.”

Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: February 10, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017 – Austin

President Trump recently announced that he is considering an executive order which will tackle the problem of voter fraud. The ensuing speculation has ignited a flurried back-and-forth among the national media, as political pundits debate whether voter fraud represents a genuine threat to American democracy or whether it is instead a shadow moving across a wall. Meanwhile, here in Texas, voters received a living reminder of just how easy it is for the enterprising few to manipulate the system and cast a ballot illegally.

AG Paxton’s Office Obtains Voter Fraud Conviction in Tarrant County
Thursday, February 9, 2017 – Austin

“This case shows how serious Texas is about keeping its elections secure, and the outcome sends a message that violators of the state’s election law will be prosecuted to the fullest,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is essential to preserving our democracy.”

AG Paxton: Pflugerville Man Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested a Pflugerville man on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Kenneth Ray Ward, 54, is charged with a third-degree felony and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

AG Paxton: Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 4 is Legally Valid
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – Austin

“Our review of the law concludes CSSB 4 is constitutional, there are viable methods for covered entities to avoid liability regarding invalid detainers, and the remainder of the legal concerns are unfounded.”

AG Paxton Leads Multi-State Coalition in U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief Against Abusive Patent Litigation
Monday, February 6, 2017 – Austin

“The Federal Circuit’s misinterpretation of the patent venue law undermines public confidence in the judicial system and has, as it was once described, turned the Eastern District of Texas into an intellectual property ‘speed trap,’” Attorney General Paxton said. “Patent trolls know full well that the cost of litigating cases there makes it cheaper for many companies to just pay them to go away. That’s why it’s so important for the Supreme Court to reverse the lower court.”

Weekly Updates from Attorney General Ken Paxton: February 3, 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017 – Austin

Everyone should have a hero to whom they aspire—someone who drives them to be better, to succeed, to be stouthearted in their principles. When I was a young attorney, Justice Antonin Scalia occupied that role. He was the epitome of what a U.S. Supreme Court justice should be. He was intelligent, sharp-witted, compassionate, and joyful in his vocation. He all but singlehandedly brought the Constitution’s text back into the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence.

AG Paxton Joins Multi-State Coalition Urging Prompt Senate Confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – Austin

“In short, we are convinced that, as the next Supreme Court Justice, Judge Gorsuch will be committed to resisting unlawful government overreach, respecting the democratic process, and protecting individual liberties,” Attorney General Paxton wrote. “The Senate should respect the will of the voters in this last election by confirming President Trump’s choice without delay.”