THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

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AG Paxton Congratulates Kyle Duncan on His Confirmation to the 5th Circuit
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – Austin

“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.”

AG Paxton Statement on Passing of Dallas Police Officer
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – Austin

“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 yesterday’s shooting. Please join me in praying for the officer’s 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.”

AG Paxton’s Office, U.S. Department of Justice Defend Texas’ Redistricting Maps at the U.S. Supreme Court
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – Austin

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.

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests McLennan County Man for Possession of Lewd Images of a Child
Monday, April 23, 2018 – Austin

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.

AG Paxton Praises Heroic Actions of Celina Firefighter
Friday, April 20, 2018 – Austin

“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 harm’s way to attempt to save the life of a fellow passenger.”

AG Paxton Obtains $2 Million Judgment Against Happie Hippie Smoke Shop for Selling Illegal Synthetic Drugs
Friday, April 20, 2018 – Austin

“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.”

Attorney General Paxton Reaches Settlement with Patterson Companies Over Dental Supply Boycott
Friday, April 20, 2018 – Austin

“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.”

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests Bell County Doctor for Possession of Child Pornography
Friday, April 20, 2018 – Austin

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.

AG Paxton’s Child Exploitation Unit Arrests McLennan County Man for Possession of Child Pornography
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Austin

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.

AG Paxton Releases Statement on the Passing of Barbara Bush
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – Austin

“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.”

Hunt County Conducts Child Support Roundup
Friday, April 13, 2018 – Austin

“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.”

Backpage.com Pleads Guilty to Human Trafficking in Texas
Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Austin

“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.”

Governor Abbott and AG Paxton Call For Review of State, Local Reporting to National Instant Criminal Background Check System
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Austin

“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.”

AG Paxton Applauds Final Judgment for Carson County Homeowners in White Deer ISD Lawsuit
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Austin

“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.”

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
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – Austin

“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.”

Investigation by AG Paxton’s Office Helps Shut Down Backpage.com
Monday, April 9, 2018 – Austin

“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.”