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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins 49 Attorneys General Asking Congress to Amend Sex Trafficking Law
“Texas will use all legal means to catch human traffickers and bring them to justice,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Amending the Communications Decency Act to include online classified ad services will strengthen the ability of all law enforcement agencies to stop companies like Backpage from profiting from the sex trafficking of men, women and children.”
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Reacts to Court’s Redistricting Ruling
“We appreciate that the panel ruled in favor of Texas on many issues in the case. But the portion of the ruling that went against Texas is puzzling considering the Legislature adopted the congressional map the same court itself adopted in 2012, and the Obama-era Department of Justice did not bring any claims against the map,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We look forward to asking the Supreme Court to decide whether Texas had discriminatory intent when relying on the district court.”
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Thanks 42 Congressional Members, 15 States, Bioethics Expert, and Eagle Forum for Filing Amicus Briefs in Support of Texas’ Fight to Defund Planned Parenthood
“I’m grateful to the multi-state coalition, Senators Cornyn and Cruz and their congressional colleagues, Dr. Donovan and the Eagle Forum for their support of Texas cutting off major taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood because of its serious breaches of medical and ethical standards,” Attorney General Paxton said. “It’s evident by Planned Parenthood’s repugnant conduct that it is not a ‘qualified’ provider under the Medicaid Act.”
Friday, August 11, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Department of Labor Should Rescind the Persuader Rule to Protect Employers and Attorney-Client Privilege
“The Persuader Rule imperils the attorney-client relationship by compelling attorneys to disclose the identities of their clients, as well as the terms, conditions, and scope of their representations,” Attorney General Paxton wrote in the letter to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. “The Rule leaves employers two equally unacceptable options: have their lawyers act as ‘vending machines,’ offering purely technical responses to client inquiries, or have them provide useful legal advice that requires them to breach their duty of confidentiality.”
Thursday, August 10, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 23-State Coalition in Amicus Brief Defending Displays of the Ten Commandments
“The Supreme Court has ruled that a passive monument such as a Ten Commandments display, accompanied by other displays acknowledging our nation’s religious heritage, are not an establishment of religion,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Governments shouldn’t be forced to censor religion’s role in history simply because a few people claim they are offended by it.”
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Vows to Continue to Defend the Constitutionality of Senate Bill 4
“We were first to file a lawsuit concerning SB 4, filed this case in the only proper court, and moved quickly to consolidate other lawsuits against SB 4 in Austin,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The health, safety, and welfare of Texans is not negotiable. We’re disappointed with the court’s ruling and look forward to pressing our winning arguments in the San Antonio cases and beyond (if necessary) on this undoubtedly constitutional law.”
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Intervention to Protect Homeowners’ Tax Cuts
“The school district is taking Texas homeowners’ hard-earned money in violation of Texas law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I am confident that the local taxpayers and the State will prevail in this lawsuit and the suits to come. You cannot pick and choose when it comes to following the law.”
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 16-State Coalition in Amicus Brief Supporting Wisconsin’s Redistricting Plans
“Never has the U.S. Supreme Court disallowed a legislative map because of partisan gerrymandering, and it surely can’t find fault with Wisconsin’s, which is lawful, constitutional and follows traditional redistricting principles,” Attorney General Paxton said.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Brief in 5th Circuit to Defund Planned Parenthood
“Texas acted to cut off major taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood because of its repugnant conduct,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Clear indications of Planned Parenthood’s adjustment of abortion procedures to procure and sell fetal body parts for research should be enough to reverse a district court’s egregious ruling.”
Monday, August 7, 2017 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Reaches Agreement with Second Dental Supply Distributor over Anticompetitive Conduct
“Conspiring with others to prevent new distribution channels for goods and services is contrary to the free market and violates antitrust laws,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Such interference should not be tolerated in the dental supply industry or any other. My office will continue to ensure that companies doing business in Texas have the opportunity to compete in a truly free market.”
Friday, August 4, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Launches Public Service Campaign for Child Support Awareness Month in Texas
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the launch of a public service campaign for Child Support Awareness Month in Texas. In a public service announcement (PSA) recorded exclusively for TV and radio stations across the state, Attorney General Paxton shares information about the services the Child Support Division (CSD) of the Office of Attorney General provides to Texas families and their children.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Fellowship Applications Accepted Through Oct. 1
Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today the Office of Attorney General is accepting applications for three paid law fellowships, including two newly named in honor of Gregory S. Coleman, the first solicitor general of Texas. The application period is August 1 through Oct. 1, 2017, for one-year fellowships that begin in the fall of 2018. Applications are open exclusively to military veterans for the first 48 hours of the job postings.
Monday, July 31, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins 15-State Coalition in Filing Amicus Brief to Uphold the Congressional Review Act
“Time and again, we’ve seen federal rules cause unjustifiable harm to Texas and other states,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The Congressional Review Act provides an efficient procedure Congress can use to stop federal overreach and block onerous regulations. There is something unconstitutional in this area: federal agencies wresting power to write laws away from Congress. The CRA restores the Constitution’s separation of powers. If the CRA is unconstitutional, then the constitution is unconstitutional.”
Friday, July 28, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests McLennan County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 23-year-old Charles David Baker, of Woodway, on two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Baker could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – Austin
MEDIA ADVISORY: Taichin Preyor Scheduled for Execution
Pursuant to a court order from the 290th Judicial District Court of Bexar County, Taichin Preyor is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on July 27, 2017.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests McLennan County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
The Texas Attorney General’s Office works to protect children by using the latest technology to track down some of the most profoundly evil predators online. The CEU proactively seeks out and arrests predators who commit crimes against children using technology and online sources. Attorney General Paxton urges all parents and teachers to become aware of the risks our children face on the internet and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety. If you suspect someone of producing or downloading child pornography you can report it to NCMEC. For more information on cyber safety, please visit: https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/cyber-safety/.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins West Virginia and Three Other States in Supreme Court Brief to Protect Second Amendment Rights
“The Fourth Circuit interpretation places an unlawful burden on Second Amendment rights. The Constitution plainly guarantees law-abiding citizens the right to bear arms, whether through open or concealed carry,” said Attorney General Paxton. “We must ensure the Court continues to protect the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.”
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton: Texas Will Appeal Prison Heat Ruling
“The judge’s ruling downplays the substantial precautions TDCJ already has in place to protect inmates from the summer heat,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars to pay for expensive prison air conditioning systems, which are unnecessary and not constitutionally mandated. We’ll appeal the decision and are confident that TDCJ is already doing what is constitutionally required to adequately safeguard offenders from heat-related illnesses.”
Monday, July 17, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Obtains $25 Million for the State of Texas in Illegal Debt Collecting Suit
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week obtained a final judgment and permanent injunction against Samara Portfolio Management, LLC, Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka, P.C., and Joseph O. Onwuteaka, for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices—Consumer Protection Act (DTPA), Texas Debt Collection Act and the Identity Theft Protection and Enforcement Act (ITPA).
Thursday, July 13, 2017 – Austin
OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Williamson County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 70-year-old Stephen Gordon Holcomb, of Taylor, on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony. Holcomb could face up to 10 years in prison per charge if convicted.
Friday, July 7, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Obtains $900,000 Judgment against Developer of Illegal Subdivision
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the entry of a $900,000 agreed judgment against Pearland developer Richard J. Burns in connection with his sale of property in an illegal Caldwell County subdivision known as Century Oak Estates.
Friday, July 7, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Praises District Court’s Decision on Campus Carry Lawsuit
“The court’s ruling today is the correct outcome,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The fact that a small group of professors dislike a law and speculate about a ‘chilling effect’ is hardly a valid basis to set the law aside.”
Friday, June 30, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Texas Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Case
“I’m extremely pleased that the Texas Supreme Court recognized that Texas law is still important when it comes to marriage,” Attorney General Paxton said. “While the U.S. Supreme Court declared a right to same-sex marriage, that ruling did not resolve all legal issues related to marriage.” According to the Texas Supreme Court, “Mr. Pidgeon and the Mayor, like many other litigants throughout the country, must now assist the courts in fully exploring Obergefell’s reach and ramifications, and are entitled to the opportunity to do so.”
Thursday, June 29, 2017 – Austin
Attorney General Paxton Statement on the San Antonio Shooting
“I am asking all Texans to join me in praying for the wounded San Antonio police officers. My office is willing and ready to assist in the ongoing investigation in any way necessary. Our law enforcement officers are true Texas heroes and deserve our prayers and support now and always.”
Thursday, June 29, 2017 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 10-State Coalition Urging Trump Administration to Phase Out Unlawful Obama-Era DACA Program
“We respectfully request that the Secretary of Homeland Security phase out the DACA program,” Attorney General Paxton wrote. “Just like DAPA, DACA unilaterally confers eligibility for work authorization and lawful presence without any statutory authorization from Congress.”

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