Texas State Bar complaint against Attorney General Ken Paxton moves forward

Texas State Bar complaint against Attorney General Ken Paxton moves forward

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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March 9, 2022

A Texas State Bar complaint against Attorney General Ken Paxton that accuses him of professional misconduct when he sued to overturn the 2020 presidential election results is moving forward.

The complaint was filed in July 2021 by the nonprofit Lawyers Defending American Democracy and 16 Texas lawyers, including four former presidents of the state Bar. It alleges that Paxton committed professional misconduct when he filed the December 2020 suit before the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn the presidential election results in four battleground states. The complainants say the suit was frivolous, knowingly false and deceitful.

“Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” the court wrote in 2020.

According to the complainants, Sunday was the deadline for the State Bar of Texas to dismiss its complaint. The case will soon be heard by either a district court judge or an administrative panel.

In a statement, Paxton dismissed news of the case proceeding, claiming the timing was politically motivated due to its arrival in the first week of his campaign against Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

“I’m not worried,” Paxton said in a statement. “I take their partisan attacks as a mark I’m doing the right thing.”

This recent investigation adds to the list of legal woes faced by the Attorney General. Paxton has been indicted on securities fraud charges since his first months in office six years ago. He more recently came under FBI investigation over allegations by some of his former deputies that he abused his office to aid a wealthy donor. Then last year, a Texas district attorney’s office concluded that Paxton violated the state’s open records law by not turning over his communications stemming from his January 2021 visit to Washington, D.C., for a pro-Trump rally.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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