THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Joint Operation Leads to 200th Child Predator Arrest for the Texas Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit
The Texas Attorney General’s Office (OAG) recently announced the arrest of two suspected child predators following a joint operation between the OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU), the OAG’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) and the Georgetown Police Department (GPD).
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – Austin, Texas
U.S. Supreme Court Halts EPA's Unlawful Power Plan
"This is a major victory for Americans who feared the loss of their jobs, not to mention anyone concerned over the potential of skyrocketing electric bills and the overall quality of our electric grid," Attorney General Paxton said. "The Obama Administration clearly exceeded its authority in imposing this plan, which would cost taxpayers and consumers alike hard-earned money in exchange for less-reliable service."
Friday, February 5, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General Reaches $470 Million Joint State-Federal Settlement with HSBC to Address Mortgage Loan and Foreclosure Abuses
“This settlement holds HSBC accountable for its past abusive practices, and it provides much-needed relief to Texas borrowers,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Through its tough servicing standards, this agreement compels HSBC to treat its borrowers much more fairly in the future.”
Friday, February 5, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Nationwide, Bipartisan Support for HB 2
“We are grateful for the overwhelming support received from across the country in support of common-sense measures to protect women,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Medical experts, legal scholars, lawmakers and women physically injured by the abortion industry are among those who filed briefs in support of women’s safety.”
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General Shuts Down Unauthorized Immigration Consultant Operating from San Antonio
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced an agreed final judgment and permanent injunction filed in Bexar County district court, banning Hector Alfonso Sanchez from providing unauthorized legal services in Texas and ordering him to stop promoting them on the Internet. As part of the injunction, he will have to pay restitution to affected consumers, civil penalties and attorney’s fees.
Friday, January 29, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Joins Forces with City of Houston and Harris County to Stop Sale of Dangerous Synthetic Drugs
“Today’s joint operation shows the commitment of state, county and city authorities to form a united front to fight this growing threat to our youth,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “The illegal marketing and sale of powerful and deadly drugs, to children and adults alike, must be put to a stop. My office will continue working with local authorities across Texas to clearly send the message that businesses who choose to sell these substances will pay the price.”
Friday, January 29, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Statement by Attorney General Ken Paxton on the Reinstatement of the Kountze Cheerleader Lawsuit
“Religious liberty, deemed by our nation’s founders as the ‘First Freedom,’ is the foundation upon which our society has been built. I’m pleased the Texas Supreme Court has ensured that the Kountze cheerleaders will be able to continue defending their right to express their faith – the most fundamental of American freedoms.”
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Texas Files Brief in U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Health and Safety of Women
“The Kermit Gosnell scandal shocked our nation and put a spotlight on the urgent need to prevent such tragedies from happening in our own state,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Texas lawmakers joined other states in adding common-sense measures to protect Texas women and the Court should uphold the ability of the state to ensure women seeking abortions are not harmed.”
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Bipartisan Coalition Asks Supreme Court to Halt EPA Power Plan
“The Obama Administration has exceeded its authority in imposing a plan that will kill jobs and significantly raise electric bills for all Americans,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This power grab will force a massive reordering of nearly every state’s electric grid and result in less-reliable service for all customers. Such far-reaching actions raise serious concerns about the power of the federal government.”
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Obama Administration Defies Court’s Directive; Settles Syrians in Texas Without Advance Notice or Information
“The Obama Administration continues settling Syrian refugees in our neighborhoods and communities under a cloak of secrecy,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “Last weekend the federal government settled refugees with no advance notice, in complete violation of a court’s directive, and were scheduled to bring more refugees to Texas without providing adequate information about who they are. The threat to our communities by foreign terrorists is real. The greater concern is not what we know about these refugees; it’s what we do not know.”
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Media Advisory: James Garrett Freeman scheduled for execution
AUSTIN- Pursuant to an order entered by the 329th Judicial District Court of Wharton County, James Garrett Freeman is scheduled for execution after 6:00 p.m. on January 27, 2016. On March 16, 2007, James Garrett Freeman shot and killed Texas Game Warden Justin Hurst, an on-duty peace officer. On November 7, 2008, the 329th Judicial District Court of Wharton County, Texas entered a judgment of conviction against him for capital murder and sentenced him to death.
Monday, January 25, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Statement by Attorney General Ken Paxton on Planned Parenthood Investigation
“The fact remains that the videos exposed the horrific nature of abortion and the shameful disregard for human life of the abortion industry. The state’s investigation of Planned Parenthood is ongoing.”
Monday, January 25, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Child Support Evader: David Martinez Jr.
Attorney General Ken Paxton needs your help to find Child Support Evader David Martinez Jr., one of the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders in Texas. Martinez, who was named a Child Support Evader in 2015, owes more than $38,000 for his children’s care. Martinez has gone underground to elude officials and willfully avoid arrest.
Friday, January 22, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on Roe v. Wade Anniversary
"Forty-three years after Roe v. Wade, let us remember those who are missing from our society and were never given the chance to live; the children we will never know, the faces we will never see and the people we will never meet. These innocent children will never celebrate a birthday, graduate from high school or college, or have the opportunity to start families of their own. It’s impossible to fill the void of more than 50 million missing human beings, or to understand the full impact this lost potential has had on our nation. We as a society have a duty to respect the dignity and value of every single human life, and today I pray for an end to the devastation that abortion has brought on our communities.”
Thursday, January 21, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on DC Circuit Power Plan Decision
“Regardless of the court’s ruling today, the Obama Administration’s Power Plan not only remains bad policy but is also still unlawful. This ill-advised example of federal overreach will kill jobs, result in higher electric bills and create a significantly less reliable electric grid for all consumers. Alongside West Virginia, we will continue leading a 25-state coalition challenging the EPA’s rule wherever the case takes us.”
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Media Advisory: Richard Allen Masterson scheduled for execution
Austin–– Pursuant to an order entered by the 176th District Court in Madison County, Richard Allen Masterson is scheduled for execution after 6 p.m. on January 20, 2016. In 2001, Masterson was indicted in the 176th District Court of Harris County, Texas, for the capital offense of murdering Darin Shane Honeycutt while in the course of committing and attempting to commit robbery. After Masterson pleaded not guilty, a jury found him guilty of the capital offense. On April 25, 2002, following a separate punishment hearing, the court assessed Masterson’s punishment at death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Masterson’s conviction and sentence on February 2, 2005. The United States Supreme Court subsequently denied Masterson certiorari review.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Texas Attorney General Paxton Releases Opinion on Daily Paid ‘Fantasy Sports’ Sites
“It’s my duty as Attorney General to look to the law, as passed by the people’s representatives, to answer the questions put to this office,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Paid daily ‘fantasy sports’ operators claim they can legally operate as an unregulated house, but none of their arguments square with existing Texas law. Simply put, it is prohibited gambling in Texas if you bet on the performance of a participant in a sporting event and the house takes a cut.”
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Statement on Supreme Court Granting Review in Immigration Case
“In deciding to hear this case, the Supreme Court recognizes the importance of the separation of powers. As federal courts have already ruled three times, there are limits to the President’s authority, and those limits enacted by Congress were exceeded when the President unilaterally sought to grant ‘lawful presence’ to more than 4 million unauthorized aliens who are in this country unlawfully. The Court should affirm what President Obama said himself on more than 20 occasions: that he cannot unilaterally rewrite congressional laws and circumvent the people’s representatives.”
Friday, January 15, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Texas AG Paxton Files Brief in Refugee Lawsuit: ‘The safety and security of Texans must always come first’
“The recent arrest of an Iraqi refugee in Houston for attempting to provide material support to terrorists is exactly the type of security risk to our schools and our communities that we must prevent,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Texas resettles, and welcomes with open arms, more refugees than any other state. But there is a significant difference between refugees and terrorists posing as refugees to infiltrate America and cause mass devastation. The safety and security of Texans must always come first.”
Thursday, January 14, 2016 – Austin, Texas
AG Paxton Announces New Agency Human Trafficking Unit
“Criminals steal many things from their victims, such as money, belongings and their sense of safety and well-being; but human trafficking is, simply put, the theft of a person’s very soul,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. “While trafficking is often associated with people from other countries, the victims of trafficking can and do come from anywhere, including right here in Texas. “Fortunately, through this new unit and through recent changes to the law, Texas is in a great position to make headway in the fight against trafficking, and we will take the fight to the doorstep of traffickers at every opportunity.”
Monday, January 11, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Paxton: Federal Government Must Respect Religious Beliefs
“The principles of our nation, not to mention federal law, provides that the government must respect the closely-held religious beliefs of its citizens,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “These nonprofits, driven by faith and sincere convictions, serve our communities in important ways – from education to health care to caring for the elderly. It’s paramount that that they continue their contributions to society, and Texas will continue to fight any impediments imposed upon these organizations by the Obama Administration.”
Thursday, January 7, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Statement by Attorney General Paxton on Arrest of Terror Suspect in Houston
“The arrest in Houston of an Iraqi refugee for suspicion of terrorist activities is a troubling revelation – especially in light of the President’s insistence on placing further refugees in Texas. My office will continue to press for the right of Texans to ensure that terrorists are not being placed in our communities.”
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Texas AG’s Office Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court Challenging Unconstitutional Fee Order in Texas v. Wendy Davis
“The district court had no authority to award attorneys’ fees under a law that was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court nearly a full year prior,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “As numerous courts have recognized, opinions by the highest court in the land take effect the moment they are handed down from the bench. As such, the fee order by the lower court should be reversed.”
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 – Austin, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Statement on President Obama’s Gun Control Announcement
“Once more President Obama is pushing his personal and political agenda, attacking the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners. I stand ready to fight back against any overreach that will deny or infringe on their rights. If the president is truly concerned about keeping our communities and schools safe, he should share the same sense of urgency in closing security gaps – some of his own making – that have made a mockery of our borders and are inviting potential terrorists to infiltrate and attack our nation from within.”
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 – Rowlett, Texas
Attorney General Paxton Tours North Texas Tornado Damage
“Last week’s storms brought destruction on North Texas communities, devastating families who have lost homes and loved ones,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Today, I met people who are determined to rebuild their lives and their community, serving as a reminder of the enduring strength of the Texas spirit and our ongoing tradition of neighbor helping neighbor.”