Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ken Paxton makes Rosemary Lehmberg cry uncle

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9

Not surprising but still good to hear:
New Attorney General Ken Paxton, who in 2014 was found to have violated the Texas Securities Act, will not be prosecuted by the state's office that investigates public corruption, officials said Thursday.

Paxton, a former state senator from McKinney, violated the Securities Act by soliciting investment clients without being registered, as required by law, according to a disciplinary order last year from the State Securities Board. Under the order, Paxton was "reprimanded" and fined $1,000. But Thursday's announcement signals that the case may be closed.

"Our investigation did not find any additional criminal activity over which our office has venue, so we are concluding Travis County's involvement in this matter," said Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose office includes the state's public integrity unit.

Representatives for Paxton have said the issue was related to an "administrative oversight" and was resolved after he paid the fine.

Lehmberg's office said it had forwarded a portion of its investigation to prosecutors in Collin and Dallas counties, which could investigate the securities board's findings further.
[Author's note: The last paragraph is a hilarious way of admitting that, since the alleged underlying "crime" didn't pertain to Ken's state service, the Travis County DA never had jurisdiction in the first place.]

These charges were always desperate and silly; it's good to see the Travis County DA admit that (after the election).

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