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Attorney General Paxton’s Law Enforcement Round Up

Attorney General Ken Paxton

CHILD EXPLOITATION UNIT In Bastrop County, David Michael Vocal was arrested on August 24 for one count of possession of child pornography. Child Exploitation Unit investigators executed a search warrant at Vocal’s residence, where he was located and arrested. Investigators seized multiple digital media devices to be examined by the Digital Forensics Unit. Vocal admitted ownership of the accounts and the existence of contraband material on his tablet and cell phone when being interviewed by investigators. […]

Paxton Seeks to Decrease Americans’ Energy Reliance on Communist China by Challenging EPA’s Regulatory Power 

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton joined an Alaska-led multistate letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pushing back against its arbitrary and unprecedented abuse of authority under section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. Alaska sought a permit under section 404 from EPA to conduct mining operations in a confined region of the state. EPA vetoed the mine, and any future efforts to develop similar operations in an area almost 24 times the size of the proposed mine — in an overbroad action based on subjective criteria. EPA’s action not only throws the immediate project into a logistical and economic tailspin, it also jeopardizes future investment in the region and similar projects around the […]

Paxton’s Law Enforcement Defense Division Wins Major Trial in Case that Went Up to U.S. Supreme Court 

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A jury sided with a law enforcement officer represented by Attorney General Paxton’s Law Enforcement Defense Division in a case that went all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. McCoy v. Alamu resulted from an inmate throwing an object at the officer, prompting the officer to respond using chemical spray to regain control of the situation. The inmate alleged excessive use of force. The New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit initially […]

AG Paxton Sends Letter to Google Urging Fair Access to Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Paxton sent a Virginia-led multistate letter to the CEO of Alphabet Inc.—the multinational Big Tech conglomerate of which Google is a part—urging the company not to discriminate against crisis pregnancy centers in search results and online advertising. Democratic politicians have recently asked Google to limit the appearance of pro-life clinics in Google search results, advertisements, and Google Maps entries, and Google appears to have caved to those demands. The letter asks Google to […]

AG Paxton Leads Coalition Challenging Court’s Decision Eroding Constitutional Separation of Powers, Federalism Concerns

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 AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton led an 18-state coalition amicus brief in support of Utah’s challenge in the Denver-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, opposing a court order requiring Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to sit for an hours-long oral deposition about an employment dispute. The legal issue implicates significant separation-of-powers and federalism concerns.      “The lower court is attempting to force the deposition “even though the court acknowledged that General […]

AG Paxton Asks Court to Rehear Decision Giving One State Power to Regulate Other States’ Climate Policies

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AUSTIN –Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined an Indiana-led multistate amicus brief urging an en banc rehearing of a decision by the Boston-based U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals that threatens to allow one state—Rhode Island—to effectively set other states’ climate policies.     “Permitting 50 different state judiciaries to set global emissions standards would lead to utter chaos,” the brief reads. “The [Clean Air Act] does not authorize a single state’s courts to set national emissions standards. It merely transfers […]

AG Paxton Asks Court to Rehear Decision Giving One State Power to Regulate Other States’ Climate Policies

AG Ken Paxton

AUSTIN –Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined an Indiana-led multistate amicus brief urging an en banc rehearing of a decision by the Boston-based U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals that threatens to allow one state—Rhode Island—to effectively set other states’ climate policies.    “Permitting 50 different state judiciaries to set global emissions standards would lead to utter chaos,” the brief reads. “The [Clean Air Act] does not authorize a single state’s courts to set national emissions standards. It merely transfers […]

AG Paxton Celebrates SCOTUS Victory: Biden Environmental Regs Not Unlimited 

Attorney General Ken Paxton

The U.S. Supreme Court just delivered Texas, several allied states, and millions of Americans and businesses a significant victory for energy independence, efficiency, and economy. In West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al. (No. 20-1530), the Court held 6-to-3 that the Clean Air Act does not vest the EPA with industry-transforming, state-displacing power; the EPA cannot restructure full industries or upend traditional state and federal environmental regulatory roles. “With Biden in the White House, the […]

Paxton’s Office Helps Remove Over 20,000 Cubic Yards of Waste in Comal County After Years-Long Fight

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AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauds the work of his Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for its massive undertaking to clean up a 3.6-acre lot full of waste in Comal County. The lot was previously leased by “We Recycle Texas,” an illegally-operated plastics and metal recycling business in Spring Branch. After working with the new owner for the past year, over 20,000 cubic yards of waste has been cleared, and the land is finally ready […]

AG Paxton Joins SCOTUS Brief Challenging California’s Unconstitutional Nationwide Animal and Food Regulations 

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AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined an Indiana-led multistate amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, opposing a California law that regulates the sale of out-of-state pork, veal, and eggs.    The law at issue is Proposition 12, a 2018 ballot initiative in California that bans in-state businesses from selling pork, veal, and egg products that don’t meet certain environmental, humanitarian, breeding, and other agricultural-related standards, even if those products come from outside […]