- Ken Paxton
Is it time for the top law enforcer in Texas, as they say, to face the music?
Apparently the result of a long, pending investigation, a grand jury in North Texas has indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton, according to published reports.
Details remain murky, but indications are that the move comes after Paxton was accused of breaking state securities laws.
The news was broken by Dallas TV station WFAA, which cited unnamed sources saying that Paxton has been indicted and the charges will be unsealed on Monday.
Even while facing felony charges, much as was the case with former Gov. Rick Perry, Paxton would still be allowed to continue on the job.
The whole mess surfaced a year ago after activist group Texans for Public Justice filed a complaint in Travis County against Paxton, accusing him of securities violations.
He may be legally allowed to keep his job for now, but it's about time for him to call it quits, the group's leader, Craig McDonald, told WFAA.
"We think the only reasonable reply to these indictments would be the attorney general's resignation," McDonald said. "I don't see how the top law enforcement official for the State of Texas can have any credibility for that job when he's under federal indictment for securities fraud."
The Texas Democratic party also called for Paxton's head while other liberal activist groups chimed in.
"Republicans have known about Ken Paxton's well-reported illegalities for more than a year and did nothing," Edward Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas, said in a statement. "They cannot be trusted to ensure criminal justice reform or transparency in government."
The Texas Rangers conducted the investigation, which was led by appointed special prosecutors.
It's more bad news for Paxton, who remained publicly defiant of the nation's top court after it ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Paxton told county clerks across the state that they could essentially look the other way on the Supreme Court decision.