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Monday, May 2, 2016 – Austin
Texas Attorney General Paxton Challenges DraftKings’s Lawsuit and Venue
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a response to DraftKings’s lawsuit that seeks to test the legality of paid daily fantasy sports in Texas. The attorney general’s filing contends that DraftKings’s lawsuit, filed in Dallas County civil court, improperly challenges the attorney general’s opinion issued in response to a legislative inquiry regarding the legality of online gaming. Furthermore, the attorney general’s motion asks the court to dismiss this case for lack of jurisdiction or determine Travis County as a proper venue.
Friday, April 29, 2016 – Austin
Investigation Lands Six Men in Jail for Online Solicitation of Minors
“Six individuals have been arrested and no longer pose a threat to the children of Texas,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. “I am grateful for the individuals working in our Child Exploitation Unit and the dedicated law enforcement officials they work with to bring individuals like these to justice.”
Friday, April 29, 2016 – Austin
AG Paxton Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Voter ID Ruling
“Texas enacted a common-sense law to provide simple protections to the integrity of our elections and the democratic process in our state,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “We appreciate the Supreme Court allowing the law to remain in effect at this time and look forward to defending the merits of our case in front of the entire Fifth Circuit next month.”
Friday, April 22, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Statement on Bernie Tiede Verdict
“Our office is on a mission to achieve justice for victims and families in Texas," Attorney General Paxton said. "Our prosecutors and staff work tirelessly for the people of Texas, and we thank the jury for their service and diligent work in ensuring a just verdict.”
Thursday, April 21, 2016 – Austin
Federal Judge Sides with City of Dallas over Banning Pornography Expo on City Property
“We are pleased with this ruling,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I was happy to join the Dallas Citizens Council in this effort that allows the city of Dallas to be a place where businesses can continue to flourish.”
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Warns of Disaster Scams Following Texas Floods
“Throughout the storms and floods of this week, we’ve witnessed the courage of our first responders and the generosity of neighbors coming together to help their fellow Texans, and our prayers remain with those whose lives have been altered or lost in these severe storms,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Unfortunately, people who have already been through so much also need to be wary of bad actors taking advantage of their circumstances. To that end, I’d like to caution everyone in any area affected by storms and flood to be extremely careful with people offering to help you rebuild or reconstruct.”
Monday, April 18, 2016 – Washington, DC
Texas AG Leads Fight Against Abuse of Power in Washington, D.C.
“Our lawsuit to stop President Obama’s illegal immigration policy is about a concept as old as the nation’s founding: that one person cannot unilaterally change the law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “If this blatant power-grab by President Obama is allowed to go unchecked, nothing would stop a future president from issuing an executive order dissolving the rights of gun owners in violation of the Second Amendment, nullifying the religious freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, or abolishing any other dearly held rights.”
Thursday, April 14, 2016 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Stands with Dallas Business Leaders against Pornography Convention
“It is vital that governmental entities have the ability to exclude sexually-oriented businesses from property that they own,” General Paxton said. “The City of Dallas, through its democratically-elected officials, has rightfully decided that its convention center should not be home to an event where obscenity and criminal activity occurs. A federal court should not overturn that decision by elected officials.”
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – Austin
Media Advisory: Pablo Lucio Vasquez scheduled for execution
Media Advisory: Pablo Lucio Vasquez scheduled for execution Pursuant to a court order by the 206th District Court of Hidalgo County, Pablo Lucio Vasquez is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – Austin
Overwhelming National Support in Supreme Court for Texas’ Case Against the President’s Immigration Action
“This lawsuit to stop President Obama’s illegal immigration policy is about a concept as old as the nation’s founding – the separation of powers,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These amicus briefs represent the growing national opposition to the Obama Administration’s unilateral action. No president has the power to override the will of the People as vested in our Constitution, and I look forward to taking this case before the highest court later this month on behalf of 26 states.”
Monday, April 4, 2016 – Austin
Victory for Texas in the U.S. Supreme Court in Evenwel v. Abbott
We are pleased with the unanimous decision of the Court. My office is committed to defending the Constitution and ensuring the state legislature, representing the citizens, continues to have the freedom to ensure voting rights consistent with the Constitution.
Friday, April 1, 2016 – Austin
Texas Secures Unanimous Victory in Texas Supreme Court
“Tobacco producers who have not taken responsibility for the ill-health effects of their products must not enjoy a competitive advantage over producers who do,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Today’s ruling ensures that certain tobacco companies will be unable to market cheaper products to younger audiences by avoiding the fees other companies are voluntarily paying, and the marketing restrictions they have agreed to.”
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton Settles Claims Against Deceptive Cancer Charities
Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with the Federal Trade Commission and agencies from all 50 states, today announced a permanent injunction dissolving two nationwide sham cancer charities and banning their president from profiting from any charity fundraising in the future, under the terms of a settlement.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Investigation Lands Copperas Cove Man in Jail for Online Solicitation of a Minor
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) investigators successfully executed a search warrant which led to the arrest of Garrett Peterson Pharr, 26, of Copperas Cove, for one count of Online Solicitation of a Minor.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Obtains Orders Halting Sales of Illegal Synthetic Drugs at Two Houston Area Stores
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a pair of temporary restraining orders (TRO) stopping two separate businesses and their owners from selling dangerous and highly-addictive synthetic drugs to youth in the Houston area.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Media Advisory: John David Battaglia scheduled for execution
Pursuant to an order set by the Criminal District Court of Dallas County, John David Battaglia is scheduled for execution after 6 p.m. on March 30, 2016. In 1998, a Harris County jury found Wesbrook guilty of capital murder and sentenced him to death for the murders of Gloria Coons and Antonio Cruz.
Monday, March 28, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Texas AG Continues to Lead Fight Against Unlawful Immigration Plan; Leader of 26-state Coalition files brief with U.S. Supreme Court in advance of April arguments
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a merits brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, outlining arguments against President Obama’s unlawful immigration plan that would grant “lawfully present” status to 4 million people who came to the United States illegally. Texas led a coalition representing 26 states to victory in previous court decisions, successfully securing an injunction against implementation of the President’s program, known as DAPA.
Thursday, March 24, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Investigation Lands Big Lake Man in Jail for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) successfully executed a search warrant resulting in the arrest of Alan Keith Stout, 47, of Big Lake, for two counts of possession of child pornography.
Thursday, March 24, 2016 – Houston, Texas
Texas Attorney General’s Office Announces Coalition United Against Human Trafficking
The Office of Texas Attorney General today announced a new partnership with the Texas Trucking Association and Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). This coalition is dedicated to combating human trafficking across the state of Texas through training of the trucking industry.
Monday, March 21, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Consumer Alert: Spanish-speaking Consumers Should Be Aware of Scammers Posing as Debt Collectors
Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued a warning to Spanish-speaking consumers, alerting them to scam artists posing as debt collectors calling on behalf of government entities. In recent cases, a caller claims to represent the Texas Supreme Court and demands payment of outstanding debts supposedly incurred by consumers sometime in the past.
Monday, March 21, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Media Advisory: Adam Kelly Ward scheduled for execution
Pursuant to a court order by the 354th District Court of Hunt County, Adam Kelly Ward is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on March 22, 2016. In 2007, a Hunt County jury found Ward guilty of murdering Michael Walker, a City of Commerce Code Enforcement Officer.
Friday, March 18, 2016 – Austin
Texas Asks Court to Halt Imposition of Drastic Regional Haze Regulations
The EPA admits this plan would cost billions, with no perceptible improvement in air quality,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Much like its like-minded Clean Power Plan, this is a case of the EPA attempting to restructure the national electric grid, without the authority to do so.
Monday, March 14, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton: Texans’ Property Rights Must Be Preserved; U.S. District Court Grants Texas Intervention in Federal Red River Land Grab
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas has granted Texas’ intervention in Aderholt, et. al. v. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which seeks to establish recognition of our state’s rightful boundary by challenging federal encroachment on Texas land near the Red River.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Federal Court Grants Texas’ Request in Voter ID Case; Full Fifth Circuit to Hear Arguments
“Today’s decision is a strong step forward in our efforts to defend the state’s Voter ID laws. Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is a primary function of state government and is essential to preserving our democratic process. We look forward to presenting our case before the full Fifth Circuit.”
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Announces Appointment of Jeff Mateer as First AAG
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the appointment of Jeff Mateer as First Assistant Attorney General. Mateer replaces Chip Roy, who resigned to pursue other endeavors.