Ken Paxton

On August 16, Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a bi-partisan coalition of 49 attorneys general, urging Congress to affirm that law enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking.

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Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a second settlement on Aug. 7 concerning an antitrust investigation into an illegal group boycott in the dental supply market, according to a statement from his office.

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Attorney General Ken Paxton voiced his disappointment July 19 after a federal judge sided with a group of Texas inmates who sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) over summer heat conditions at the Wallace Pack Unit northwest of Houston.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested John Aaron Burney, 43, of Palestine, on one count of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. Burney could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced May 18 that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested 55-year-old Joe Lawrence Islas, of Round Rock, on three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony.

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Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement on the shooting of a first responder in Dallas and the stabbing attack on the University of Texas at Austin campus on May 1:

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that the Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) of his office arrested Jason Matthew Pertolanitz, 40, of Cedar Creek, on one count of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. Pertolanitz could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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In a crackdown on child predators, the Texas attorney general’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) conducted a joint operation with several law enforcement agencies last week, arresting five north Texas men for online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony, the Texas Attorney General’s Office said in a release.

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In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Governor Greg Abbott called April 5 for swift passage of the Free Speech Fairness Act (H.R. 781 and S. 264), which will fully restore the freedom of churches to participate in political debates.

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Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a new initiative on March 16 by the Consumer Protection Division (CPD) of his office to educate parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches and others on the dangers of illegal synthetic drugs. These illicit substances have become a growing threat to health and public safety in Texas, particularly among children and young adults, according to a release from his office. 

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