Bigoted Texas Attorney General Could Be Facing Life in Prison on First-Degree Felony Charges

ken-paxtonThere’s been no shortage of absurd comments and ridiculous suggestions from Republicans following the Supreme Court’s decision which legalized marriage equality in the United States. And when it comes to Republicans acting completely asinine following this ruling, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been one of the leaders of that pack.

At one point, Paxton told clerks issuing marriage licenses in Texas that they could refuse to do so, and the attorneys working for the state would be there to support any punishment or lawsuits they might face as a result of their actions.

Needless to say, a lot of this rhetoric has just been for show. It’s often said by those with bigger political aspirations, simply pandering to the crowds of closed-minded Republican voters they’ll assuredly need to win over if they want to ascend to bigger and better things politically. The bottom line is, there’s absolutely no legal leg to stand on for any of these state officials or politicians who have suggested that states don’t have to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Well, Paxton might want to move past his “outrage” over same-sex marriage pretty quickly; new information discovered by Texas Rangers might saddle him with a first-degree felony charge linked to securities fraud, which potentially carries with it a sentence of life in prison.

According to WFAA, the ABC affiliate for the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

The criminal investigation against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has taken a more serious turn, with special prosecutors now planning to present a first-degree felony securities fraud case against him to a Collin County grand jury.

Special prosecutor Kent Schaffer said Wednesday afternoon that the Texas Rangers uncovered new evidence during the investigation that led to the securities fraud allegations against the sitting attorney general.

“The Rangers went out to investigate one thing, and they came back with information on something else,” Schaffer said. “It’s turned into something different than when they started.”

According to reports, the securities fraud allegations are in excess of “well over $100,000.”

If a grand jury chooses to indict, Paxton would be facing a first-degree felony charge which carries a possible punishment of life in prison.

Schaffer also indicated that there’s evidence showing that Paxton failed to register as an investment advisor, which would be classified as a third-degree felony.

Last May, Paxton admitted that he had advised a friend’s investment firm, yet wasn’t registered to do so as Texas law requires. He was reprimanded and fined $1,000.

I think it goes without saying that these charges Paxton is potentially facing are much worse than what he dealt with last year. It’s never good when you’re being investigated for one possible crime and investigators find evidence of much larger criminal activity – which seems to be the case with Paxton. And when you start talking about securities fraud in excess of “well over $100,00,” along with a potential third-degree felony riding alongside potential first-degree charges, Paxton might be in a whole mess of trouble.

So, might I suggest Ken Paxton worry less about trying to prove how little he understands our Constitution and more about the two potential felonies and the life in prison he could be facing if he’s indicted and convicted of these crimes.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Eg Kbbs

    Interesting. Ex-gov under investigation. Atty General under investigation. Wonder if the Atty General Securities Fraud, like the investigation of Perry, deal with misuse of his office.

    But also have to react to Paxton’s assertion to refuse the SCOTUS ruling and the state attorneys will be there to back you up.

    You may have the collective legal mind of the state representing you (insert snide remark about the Texas legal mind here). But YOU will still be the defendant in a Civil Rights case where front page news was that both YOU and the STATE ATTY knew the court had ruled one way and yet intentionally decided to thumb your nose at the judges (and colluded to do so).

    I sure wouldn’t want to go in front of a judge looking at this and looking to make you and example.

    • squidpuppy

      This stuff happened b4 he took office.

      The securities stuff wiith the hand slap fine was public knowledge during the election and he still got the most votes. Thanks tea party.

    • EinD

      And you can be sure they would throw the lowly clerk under the bus rather than take responsibility for what they told them what to do.

    • wylekat

      Texas legal mind= enraged chimp hurling poop.

  • Freedom

    I have no problem with homosexuals because they cant breed with each other we need to push for a law that will not let them adopt children because god made them as a homosexual so they should have no right to have children a man and a women make children not a man and a man or a women and a women

    • Andy

      I have no problems with bigots or people who people who write run-on sentences with no punctuation they annoy me but mostly I just pity them because they seem to have trouble with very basic things like elementary-school writing guidelines and being cool to your fellow men

      • Freedom

        I may be a bigot but i am not a faggot hahahahaha

      • Michael Davolio

        Given a choice between the two … YOU LOSE. And the sad part is, you won’t find out until you’re face-to-face with Saint Peter.

      • noah vail

        won’t you be surprised when you find that there is no st. peter up there

      • paulsack

        You can keep trying honey,,this is America where everyone can lift themselves up. If you work really hard you might learn to not be a bigot and raise yourself up to a respectable place in society.

      • 1Smith1

        There’s no “may” about it. You certainly are a bigot.

      • Uji

        Nah. You are both a Bigot (technical definition) and a Faggot (South Park Definition – as in complete jerk and asshole, but not homosexual).

      • tracey marie

        you are worse, willfully ignorant and inbred.

      • Ken Reed

        Freedom is NOT inbred. It’s true his parents were brother and sister, but they were divorced by the time he was born. If a man marries a woman in Kentucky and divorces her in Arkansas, she is no longer his sister.

      • Gigi

        It didn’t go unnoticed that your screen name doesn’t match your beliefs. You don’t want freedom.

      • noah vail

        maybe you’ve got your priorities wrong…most gays i’ve ever met aren’t nearly as hateful as you

      • msaxie

        , How sad that you choose to be a bigot because you can stop being a bigot if you wanted. Let me educate you a bit. Pretend that you are opening a new box of crayons, the 64 count box. Each of those crayons have a different recipe that gives each crayon it’s own color. The color is the only difference between each crayon. The same is true of human beings. We all have the same basic make up but there are distinct differences that make us individuals. DNA shows us that there are more than 2 human sexes, there are at least 6 differing sexes based on genetic differences. A human being cannot change the DNA they are born with any more than you can change your finger prints.

      • wylekat

        May you fall into an open sewer and die, you little prick.

    • angie497

      I guess it’s escaped your attention that straight couples produce gay children on a pretty regular basis.

    • 1Smith1

      You are one ignorant ass. Homosexuals are able to procreate. (that means make babies.) Believe it or not, homosexuals have reproductive organs just like heterosexuals. They have as much right to have babies as idiots like you. Also, have you heard of artificial insemination? How young were you when you decided to spend the rest of your life in a status of willful ignorance?

    • wendy

      So if god creates a man and a woman who cannot create a child for whatever reason, u r saying adoption should not be allowed.
      How is that different?
      Is it not gods will that hetetosexual not have children?

    • tracey marie

      mittens sons could not “make” babies…I think they should be flogged for having a marriage based on lies…maybe thrown to the lions.

    • Gigi

      So by your “logic” people who are barren and unable to reproduce should not be allowed to adopt either, correct? God made them barren so they should not have the right to have children, is that what you believe?

      • 1968_Camaro

        AMEN AMEN AMEN! My adoptive parents could not have children so they lovingly adopted my brother and me. Adoption is the caring option and a choice that should be supported at every turn. But do the pro-lifers do that? NO! They use the lame excuses as you mention, Gigi. It is ironic that so many conservative “pro lifers” won’t allow same sex couples to adopt. WTH? They are so fixated on abortion that they lose sight of the most beautiful choice available…adoption!

      • Gigi

        I’m so happy that you and your brother found a loving home!!

    • noah vail

      and straight couples do so well caring for their families, ask any child welfare worker….seen the stats on children RESCUED from their parents…and i suppose that you consider the duggars good parents because they’re “christian”…LMFAO

    • PRIME79

      You’re an idiot.

    • msaxie

      Good parenting can come from anyone who loves and cares for a child. Sexual orientation really does not play a part in parenting

    • EinD

      You are in dangerous territory here. So you are saying that people who are “infertile” have no right to children? That’s the way that “God” made them so they are out of luck. That means you are against adoption, IVF, fertility drugs or any other “manmade help” to produce children. You cannot discriminate against gay parents if you are going to make different rules for straight people who cannot have children on their own.

    • wylekat

      How very christian and loving of you- so many children need adopting, and you- YOU have decided that certain people cannot have children because they are not hetero. Your words are also, ironically blasphemous… God made them that way, but they should not have the right.

      Who the hell are you to decide that…

  • Andy

    Please oh please oh please

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  • Cindy Garcia

    Many criminals hide behind the “Christian label”. A friend of mine took her car to a Christian auto mechanic for 5 years. One day his shop was unable to work on it, so she took it to another mechanic. The second mechanic reviewed her auto repair history presented to him and was shocked at all the work that didn’t need to be performed as well as the work that wasn’t performed but she was charged for it. All someone has to do is say they are “Christian” in a small business, and that’s good enough to dupe a lot of people. BTW, the mechanic was indeed a Christian but a crooked one.

    • noah vail

      anytime a businessman tells you what a good “christian” he is and that he runs a “christian” business, hang on tight to your wallet…personally, if i see one of those fish things in the window or on their vehicles i RUN the other way

      • wylekat

        If you see that fish on their car, you’d BETTER run- or get run down!

    • tr60

      The more someone professed their faith the more I knew they would hurt me.

    • EinD

      And therein lies the rub. To a “Christian” hanging up a shingle stating that you are a christian means you can be trusted, when in reality, someone with any common sense would be wary. If they are a good mechanic the word spreads. If you have to use Christianity to get people in the door there is a very good chance you are not very good at what you do. Good work speaks for itself.

    • Antileft

      Yet it’s you atheists who have no moral objective basis in the first place.

  • Denton Young

    Apparently Ken Paxton wanted to be the Texas version of Bernie Madoff.

  • David M

    Wow this web site is pure hate especially in the comments section!You are real liberal Americans be proud!

  • Roadster73

    Should have invested in cattle futures

  • ryfunere

    I have found most ‘religious’ people are far from ‘Christian’ in their outlook. Indeed, they are usually a member of the ‘Social climber’ class. Let me be clear…. All religions are the inventions of men in order to control others and ultimately take their money… People are what is important and religious types use their religion to avoid dealing with people.