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Fantasy Sports Sites Involve Illegal Gambling, Texas Attorney General Says

Jan 19, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

While placing bets on fantasy sports sites might involve skill, there is still an element of chance that equates such leagues with illegal gambling in Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a nonbinding opinion released Tuesday.

Investigation Targets Complaint Against Ken Paxton Over Land Deal

Jan 15, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

A Collin County grand jury is investigating whether a land sale tied to a business group involving Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was improper.

Texas Attorney General Unveils Unit To Fight Human Trafficking

Jan 14, 2016
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday announced a new unit in his office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Collin County Judge Denies Paxton's Motions To Dismiss Charges

Dec 11, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

A Collin County judge has denied Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's requests to dismiss criminal charges accusing him of financial fraud.

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The legal battle over the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Texas took another turn Friday. Texas withdrew its request to block Syrian refugees from coming here. The state isn’t dropping the suit though – it’s asked the judge for an injunction hear by Wednesday.

Paxton Announces Legal Defense Team for Fraud Case

Sep 11, 2015

From the Texas Tribune: After spending more than two weeks without a lawyer, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has secured a defense team in the ongoing financial fraud case against him. 

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has pleaded not guilty to charges of defrauding investors before he became the state's top lawyer.

Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

Expected to formally plead not guilty to three felony charges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is set to appear in court Thursday for the first time since his booking earlier this month.

Judge Gives Texas Aug. 24 Deadline On Same-Sex Marriage Policies

Aug 12, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

A federal judge has given the state an Aug. 24 deadline to recognize same-sex marriages on death and birth certificates. 

Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has again told a federal judge that he shouldn't have to personally appear before him and contest being held in contempt of court.

Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Texas must recognize the same-sex marriage of a Conroe resident by naming him as the surviving spouse on his late husband's death certificate.

A Guide To The Legal Players In The Ken Paxton Case

Aug 4, 2015
Graphic by The Texas Tribune.

The state’s top law enforcement officer — Attorney General Ken Paxton — now faces three felony charges related to possible securities fraud in business dealings before he took office.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

A lawyer specializing in white collar financial crime says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces tough felony charges alleged in Monday’s unsealed indictments. Paxton says he’s not guilty, while Democrats want him to resign.

Update 2:33 p.m.: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's lawyer says Paxton will plead not guilty to felony securities fraud charges and request a jury trial.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to turn himself in on felony securities fraud charges and so far, state Republican leaders are not rushing to his defense.

An interesting immigration case is winding its way through a federal court in Austin, Texas: A group of mothers has filed suit against the chief of the state's Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit, because it has refused to give their U.S.-born children birth certificates.

The issue here is not whether or not these children are U.S. citizens. They are and that's made plain by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which says most people born in the U.S. are automatically citizens.

Prosecutors Developing Criminal Case Against Texas AG Ken Paxton

Jul 2, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

The potential criminal case against Attorney General Ken Paxton is apparently growing more serious, with the state's top lawyer hiring heavyweight legal counsel of his own as special prosecutors prepare to take felony charges before a Collin County grand jury.

From Texas Standard:

Recent polls suggest the majority of Americans agree with the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, but opposition to same-sex marriage remains prevalent in southern states like Texas and Louisiana.

Just this week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that county clerks don’t need to issue marriage licenses if doing so goes against their faith. Paxton and other opponents of same-sex marriage argue that the government shouldn’t be allowed to interfere with how someone practices their faith.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton calls the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and says state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

2 Attorneys Appointed To Replace Collin County DA In Paxton Probe

Apr 22, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Two Houston attorneys have been appointed to replace Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis in any potential prosecution of Attorney General Ken Paxton for violating state securities law.

Texas Sues Feds Over Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

Mar 19, 2015
Natasha Kramskaya/

The state of Texas is suing the Obama administration for giving medical leave benefits to certain same-sex couples, according to an announcement Wednesday from Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In Tea Party Wins, A Double-Edged Sword For Texas Democrats

May 28, 2014
Jennifer Whitney/Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

As the results of Republican primary runoffs began to roll in Tuesday evening, Texas Democrats realized they were getting exactly what they wanted — and exactly what they feared.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

Tuesday was another big night for the tea party in Texas as conservative candidates did well in various GOP runoffs. Catch up on what happened with the KERA Election Blog. Stay tuned for election coverage on KERA 90.1 FM -- we will offer reports throughout Wednesday. 

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

It was going to be one North Texan or the other. State Sen. Ken Paxton of McKinney beat longtime Dallas State Rep. Dan Branch in a landslide in the Republican attorney general runoff.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

On primary night two months ago, Ken Paxton had an 11-point edge over Dan Branch in the Republican race for attorney general. Since then, Paxton has been fined for breaking a state securities law. With the May 27 runoff looming, both candidates are vying for the state’s top legal office. In an interview with KERA, Paxton defended his record.

State Rep. Ken Paxton, a McKinney Republican in a runoff election for attorney general, says he's checking financial and business disclosures he's required to make to state agencies. It is unknown whether Paxton, seeking to be Texas' top law enforcement official, has broken any laws. He faces Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas in the May 27 Republican primary.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Two North Texans will be battling it out in the Republican race for Attorney General. With 44 percent of the vote, State Senator Ken Paxton topped State Representative Dan Branch, who got 33 percent. Neither topped 50 percent, so the two now head into a May runoff.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

In the three-way Republican race for attorney general, candidates are trying to outdo the next as the most conservative. Their strategies may make political sense, but they don’t exactly reflect what the attorney general actually does.