Anti-Gay Texas Attorney General Just Took Office, Already Facing First Degree Felony Charges

The attorney general of the state of Texas, Ken Paxton, only took office in January, but could be facing felony charges for violating state securities law while he was a member of the state legislature.

Last year, Paxton had been fined $1,000 and received a reprimand from the State Securities Board for admitting that he had been soliciting clients for Mowrey Capital Management, which was run by a friend, as a member of the legislature.

Critics charged that the punishment was a slap on the wrist and demanded a criminal investigation, but the district attorney’s in both Dallas and Collin County declined to prosecute the case. That led to the appointment of special prosecutors.

That subsequent investigation led to a finding of additional securities fraud of more than and estimated $100,000.

If convicted of the first degree felony, Paxton could conceivably spend up to 99 years in prison and be fined $10,000. However, any jail term will likely be far less shorter.

Paxton had received a large amount of criticism on June 28, when he issued a non-binding opinion that advised judges and county clerks that they would be able to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses if they believed that it violated their religious beliefs.

Just two days earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was now legal on a nationwide basis, which caused Paxton to declare that the Supreme Court was “lawless.” That comment was jumped by his critics as hypocritical in nature.

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