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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests McLennan County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested a Waco man on three counts of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. If convicted, Joseph Albert Nickel could face up to 30 years in prison.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Releases Statement on the Passing of Barbara Bush
“With all of Texas and our nation, I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Barbara Bush. Among her many accomplishments, the former first lady worked tirelessly to promote literacy and was known worldwide for her honor, integrity, sense of humor, and faith. Her strong love for her husband and her family was an encouragement to everyone. Mrs. Bush will be dearly missed, but her legacy will impact generations to come. My deepest sympathy and fervent prayers are with the Bush family as they grieve.”
Friday, April 13, 2018 – Austin
Hunt County Conducts Child Support Roundup
“Caring for your children is the fundamental and moral responsibility of any parent,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “I commend everyone involved in holding accountable those who attempt to evade child support. Their efforts help ensure better care and better lives for Texas children.”
Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Austin
Backpage.com Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking in Texas
“Taking down Backpage and obtaining a criminal conviction for the company and its CEO represents a significant victory in the fight against human trafficking in Texas and around the world,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I want to thank the Attorney General of California, the U.S. Department of Justice, federal law enforcement officials, Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez, and the prosecutors and law enforcement in my office for their outstanding collaborative work on this investigation and prosecution.”
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Austin
Governor Abbott and AG Paxton Call For Review of State, Local Reporting to National Instant Criminal Background Check System
“NICS is vital to making sure guns stay out of the dangerous hands of individuals with a high risk of committing violence,” Attorney General Paxton said. “By doing everything we can to ensure that all relevant information is being reported timely and accurately to NICS, Texas can help prevent shootings before they happen and save lives.”
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds Final Judgment for Carson County Homeowners in White Deer ISD Lawsuit
“Local governments simply cannot selectively ignore state law,” Attorney General Paxton said. “I am pleased that this court recognized that White Deer ISD violated the Texas Constitution when they took hard-earned money from homeowners without their vote or consent. My office remains committed to standing up for homeowners and taxpayers throughout the state.”
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Applauds President Trump’s Nomination of Former Texas Deputy First Assistant AG David Morales to the U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi
“David Morales is an accomplished attorney with a proven record of excellence and an unwavering fidelity to the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution,” Attorney General Paxton said. “David will respect the proper role of a judge in our constitutional system and will not engage in legislating from the bench. I am confident he will excel as a federal judge, and I urge the U.S. Senate to quickly confirm him to the bench.”
Monday, April 9, 2018 – Austin
Investigation by AG Paxton’s Office Helps Shut Down Backpage.com
“Backpage generated millions of dollars annually on the backs of innocent women and children who were forced or coerced into sex trafficking,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Taking down this despicable website will undoubtedly save lives and spare many others from the unspeakable horrors of sex trafficking.”
Friday, March 30, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Urges Texas Appeals Court to Declare Austin’s Short-Term Rental Ordinance Unconstitutional
“City governments do not have the authority to trample Texas constitutional rights and protections for property owners and their guests,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The city of Austin’s short-term rental ordinance is not only bad policy, but also unlawful and must be struck down.”
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Urges HHS to Implement Rules Restoring Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights for Americans
“It is encouraging to see HHS taking concrete steps to restore the rule of law and respect for our Constitution,” Attorney General Paxton said. “All of us must be able to abide by our religious, moral and ethical beliefs without fear that our government will intimidate and discriminate against us for doing so.”
Monday, March 26, 2018 – AUSTIN
AG Paxton Leads 18-State Brief Supporting Trump Administration Lawsuit Against California to Uphold Immigration Law and Protect Public Safety
“Dangerous sanctuary policies like California’s undermine the rule of law and endanger good law enforcement officers and the communities that need their protection the most,” Attorney General Paxton said. “It is incomprehensible that California finds criminal illegal aliens dangerous enough to detain, but then insists on releasing them back into the community to offend again instead of turning them over to federal immigration authorities for removal. If California prefers different immigration policies, it is free to take them up with the appropriate authority – Congress.”
Thursday, March 22, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks HHS to End Discriminatory Obama-Era Policy That Cut Funding for Women’s Health
“The Obama administration denied the conscience rights of Texans when it excluded Texas from Title X funding because of its laws that respect the sanctity of life among the unborn,” Attorney General Paxton said. “A precursor to participation in federal programs should not be an uncompromising commitment to abortion providers. The freedom of conscience should never be demoted to second-class status among our civil liberties.”
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Files Brief in Support of Indiana’s Sanctuary Cities Law
“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.”
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Praises Ruling Against Waller County in Retaliatory Open Carry Lawsuit
“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.”
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Asks Two More School Districts to Stop Violating Election Law
“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.”
Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Protects Texas Property Owners in Settlement with Federal Government Over Obama-Era Land Grab
“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.”
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Prevails in Lawsuit to Protect Tax Cuts for Carson County Homeowners
“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.”
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Praises 5th Circuit Ruling to Uphold Texas’ Sanctuary Cities Law
“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.”
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Johnson County Man for Promotion of Child Pornography
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.
Monday, March 12, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Defends Texas Legislature’s Foster Care System Reform at the 5th Circuit
“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.”
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Hood County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
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.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton’s Office to Prosecute Nine Counts of Voter Fraud from Nueces County
“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.”
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Joins 55-Member Coalition Urging Federal Legislation to Allow Full Restitution to Victims of Child Pornography
“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.”
Monday, March 5, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Bolsters Texas’ Fight to Protect Water Rights to the Rio Grande
“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.”
Friday, March 2, 2018 – Austin
AG Paxton Leads 13-State Brief Supporting President Trump’s Authority to Appoint CFPB Director
“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.”

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