I am confident that Kyle Duncan has the utmost respect for our constitutional system and will remain devoted to the rule of law, Attorney General Paxton said. There is no doubt that Kyle faithfully adheres to the founding principles of the U.S. Constitution and will honor that in his position as a federal judge.
I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of the courageous Dallas PD officer, Rogelio Santander, who died today as a result of yesterdays shooting. Please join me in praying for the officers family, as well as officers in Dallas and everywhere, as they mourn the loss of their colleague. May swift justice prevail and may God grant peace to those who grieve.
Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller and a top lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after they presented powerful oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of Texas redistricting maps. Last year, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in San Antonio invalidated two of Texas 36 congrssional districts (27 and 35) and multiple state House districts. Attorney General Paxton appealed the rulings to the high court, which blocked them from taking effect until it could hear the case today.
Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Matthew Richard Hightower of Waco on five counts of possession of lewd visual material depicting a child. If convicted, the 26-year-old could face up to 10 years in a state jail facility.
I am so proud of Andrew Needum and his courageous response during an unfathomable air crisis, Attorney General Paxton said. Although Andrew responded as any trained firefighter would, he acted heroically placing himself in harms way to attempt to save the life of a fellow passenger.
My office will continue to use all legal means possible to protect Texans and their families from the scourge of synthetic drugs, Attorney General Paxton said. As evidenced by the outcome of this latest case, businesses that sell synthetic drugs will be held accountable.
Conspiring with competitors to prevent the emergence of new distribution channels for goods and services is contrary to the free market and violates antitrust laws, Attorney General Paxton said. Such interference should not be tolerated in any industry. My office will continue to ensure that companies doing business in Texas have the opportunity to compete in a truly free market.
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested a 55-year-old doctor from Temple on one count of possession of child pornography. If convicted, John Middlemiss Palmer could spend up to 20 years in federal prison.
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.
With all of Texas and our nation, Im 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.