Citizens rallied after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton surrendered himself to the Collin County Jail Monday morning on three felony indictments. Charges include two first-degree felonies for security fraud and a third-degree felony for not registering with the state to sell securities.
Many have raised concern over the fact that in Paxton’s mugshot he was allowed to be photographed in his suit and tie rather than a white towel draped around the neck typically seen in Collin County.
Paxton’s attorney, Joe Kendall, released the following statement Monday afternoon:
Attorney General Ken Paxton will plead not guilty to these accusations and he will demand a trial by jury. He is looking forward to the opportunity to tell his side of the story in the courtroom of Tarrant County Judge George Gallagher, who was appointed to the case after Judge Chris Oldner’s recusal on July 29. Judge Gallagher has given instructions to make no further public comments or publicly speculate on events. Attorney General Paxton and I intend to comply with Judge Gallagher’s instructions. In the meantime, the Attorney General is returning to Austin to focus on his work on behalf of the citizens of Texas.
When asked what the hopeful outcome for the rally was, McKinney resident and former McKinney City Council candidate Steven Spainhouer said, “Overall [the goal] is to make sure that we are going to take a stand against corruption in this county and in the State of Texas.”
People held signs asking for Attorney General Paxton to resign from office as they chanted Ken must go from the steps of the courthouse.
Crystal Perkins, Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party and Carol Donovan, Dallas County Democratic Party Chair shared what they had to say in the video below.[wonderplugin_gallery id=”4″]
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