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AG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Round Up

Ken Paxton

The Child Exploitation Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week. In Bexar County, Paul Wayne Eakes was arrested on April 13 in San Antonio. Eakes had 5 outstanding warrants for Possession of Child Pornography out of Coryell County. The unit received this case as a NCMEC CyberTipline report in 2016 involving the upload of child pornography to an online video blogging service. In July 2017, CEU investigators executed a search warrant at a residence where the […]

AG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Round Up

Ken Paxton

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.  In Galveston County, Todd Francis Swartz was arrested in Galveston on March 19. Swartz had an outstanding warrant for Continued Sexual Abuse of a Child, issued by the Galveston County Justice of the Peace (Precinct 2). Swartz attempted to flee the state to avoid prosecution at the time of his arrest. The Unit made the arrest while working with the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force. In Smith County, Tomas DeJesus Cardona […]

AG Paxton: Federal Interference in State Election Law Violates the Constitution

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a letter warning United States House and Senate leaders of Constitutional deficiencies within H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, which unfortunately passed the House recently. Under both the Elections Clause of Article I of the Constitution and the Electors Clause of Article II, States have principal responsibility to safeguard elections. The Act would invert that structure, commandeer state resources, muddle election procedure, and erode faith in our elections. “This […]

Texas Lawsuit Results in Court Upholding Federal Law, Halts Biden Administration’s Unlawful Freeze of Deportations

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas for granting a nationwide temporary restraining order halting implementation of the Biden Administration’s unlawful order to the Department of Homeland Security to freeze virtually all deportations of illegal aliens. “The Court’s decision to stop the Biden Administration from casting aside congressionally enacted immigration laws is a much-needed remedy for DHS’s unlawful action. A near-complete suspension of deportations would […]

AG Paxton Announces Appointment of Judd Stone to Solicitor General and Departure of Kyle Hawkins

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the departure of Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins and the appointment of Judd Stone to fill this vital role within the Office of the Attorney General. “Kyle Hawkins fought for Texans’ rights every step of the way – including arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the unconstitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. His dedication to safeguarding rights is very much appreciated,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “I look […]

AG Paxton: Fifth Circuit Upholds Decision to Defund Planned Parenthood

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton gave this statement on today’s ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit:    “The Fifth Circuit correctly rejected Planned Parenthood’s efforts to prevent Texas from excluding them from the state’s Medicaid program. Undercover video plainly showed Planned Parenthood admitting to morally bankrupt and unlawful conduct, including violations of federal law by manipulating the timing and methods of abortions to obtain fetal tissue for their own research. Planned Parenthood is not a ‘qualified’ provider […]

AG Paxton Files for Temporary Injunction to Halt El Paso County Judge’s Unlawful Lockdown Order

Attorney General Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion for temporary injunction to stop El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego’s unlawful lockdown order, which flies in the face of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive orders on COVID-19. An injunction would provide much needed relief for the people and businesses of El Paso, as the burdensome order includes strictly limiting travel and shutting down all non-essential services, including in-person dining, gyms, and salons. “Judge Samaniego has no authority to flout […]

AG Paxton, FTC Announce New Crackdown on Illegal Robocalls

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton, in cooperation with the Federal Trade Commission, today announced a major crackdown on illegal robocalls, including nearly 100 actions targeting operations around the country responsible for more than one billion calls – pitching everything from fraudulent credit card services to auto warranty protection. The joint crackdown, “Operation Call it Quits,” is part of the FTC’s ongoing effort to help stem the tide of annoying and unsolicited pre-recorded telemarketing calls. […]

AG Paxton, West Virginia AG File 13-State Brief to Support President Trump’s  Action on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today led a coalition of 13 states in filing a friend-of-the-court brief that supports President Trump’s authority to appoint temporary leadership at the nation’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) until a permanent director is nominated and confirmed. In the brief, filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Attorney General Paxton and his counterparts maintain that the president’s personnel […]