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Houston Activists Demand End to Delays in AG Paxton’s Fraud Trial

State Attorney General Ken Paxton is running for reelection while under indictment for securities fraud.

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Barbara Radnofsky (standing) and former State Rep. Frances Farenthold (seated), announced the petition in front of the Harris County Civil Courthouse.

Some Houston-area activists are demanding that the long-delayed trial of State Attorney General Ken Paxton take place soon. The activists gathered on the steps of the Harris County Civil Courthouse to announce a petition to Collin County commissioners.

Ken Paxton remains under indictment for securities fraud, even as he stands for reelection. Houston attorney Justin Nelson, Paxton’s Democratic opponent, has made the case a major theme of  his campaign.

The original judge ordered the trial moved out of Collin County, where Paxton lives, out of concerns that Paxton’s allies had biased the jury pool. The case was moved to Harris County. Then Collin County commissioners cut off funding to the special prosecutors.

“This constitutional petition, called a remonstrance, is presented to the Collin County Commissioners Court to demand that they start funding the prosecution of Ken Paxton,” said Barbara Radnofsky, who cosigned the petition.

Asked for his reaction, Collin County Judge Keith Self said he had no comment on matters in litigation. The pay dispute between the county and the special prosecutors has dragged on for more than a year and is currently awaiting a ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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