"You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous."
With the case collapsing, the judge in the Paxton case threw the prosecutors a major bone:
The judge in the securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has ruled that the trial should be moved out of Collin County and delayed.While we're on the subject, consider the sixth amendment to the United States Constitution:
The ruling to change venue is a major victory for prosecutors, who had argued Paxton and his allies had tainted the jury pool in Collin County, where he lives. Hours after the ruling, Paxton's lawyers asked Judge George Gallagher to reconsider, suggesting the decision had been based on a "misdirection ploy" by the prosecutors.
Gallagher said the trial, initially scheduled for May 1, will now be postponed until a new venue is determined.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.Bottom Line: The only purpose of this delay is to have the trial dominate headlines during the fall...right as campaign season kicks off.
[Author's Note: Emphasis added.]