This just isn’t normal.
The state’s top law enforcement official continues to function with a dark cloud hanging directly over him, but there’s no apparent resolution in sight on how that cloud will disappear.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted for securities fraud. He was elected in 2014 with that indictment hanging over him. Then he won re-election — albeit narrowly — in 2018 with the same cloud.
There have been venue change rulings and then delay upon delay.
Paxton got indicted by a grand jury in Collin County — which Paxton used to represent in the Texas Legislature — on felony counts of security fraud. Grand jurors accused him of failing to register with the state while receiving payments in return for soliciting clients for a North Texas investment firm.
Paxton also has received complaints from the Texas Securities Board, which reprimanded him for soliciting clients without being properly registered.
This is ridiculous.
The Texas Tribune has published a fascinating timeline of Paxton’s legal difficulties. Read it here.
I am left to doubt damn near everything that this guy says in his capacity as Texas AG. Sure, he’s entitled to an innocence presumption. However, a grand jury indictment doesn’t just happen because grand jurors are intent, to borrow a phrase, on “indicting a ham sandwich.”
Now the principals are caught up in a side issue involving prosecutors’ pay. More delays, foot-dragging and whatever.
Justice isn’t being delivered on this matter. The state’s attorney general needs to stand trial and there needs to be a resolution of the serious charges that have been brought against him.