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Fri Jan 14, 2022, 03:04 PM

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ordered to release emails, texts from around Jan. 6 Capitol attack

Source: The Week

The Travis County district attorney's office in Austin informed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) on Thursday that he had violated the state's open record laws by refusing to release any of his communications from around last Jan. 6, when Paxton was in Washington, D.C., and appeared at the rally the preceded the Capitol siege. District Attorney José Garza (D) gave Paxton four days to "cure this violation" by turning over the documents or face a lawsuit.

The Texas Public Information Act gives the public the right to government records, including those on personal devices or a public official's online accounts. Paxton has tried to claim attorney-client privilege for every email and text he sent in the days surrounding the Jan. 6 attack. The top editors of five newspapers — the Austin American-Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Houston Chronicle, and the San Antonio Express-News — filed a complaint with the Travis County D.A. on Jan. 4, accusing Paxton of violating the open records law.

The attorney general typically enforces the Public Information Act, but the law also allows the Travis County district attorney's office to handle violations filed against a state agency. The newspapers filed their complaint with Garza.

Bill Aleshire, an attorney and transparency expert, told the Chronicle this is the first time he's heard of the statee attorney general being accused of violating the open records law to shield his own communications. "When the public official responsible for enforcing public records laws violates those laws himself, it puts a dagger in the heart of transparency at every level in Texas," he said. "Why should other Texas officials be transparent with public information if the AG himself is not?"



Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-113119464.html

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Reply Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ordered to release emails, texts from around Jan. 6 Capitol attack (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Friday OP
sinkingfeeling Friday #1
leftieNanner Friday #2
hamsterjill Friday #6
kairos12 Friday #3
Lovie777 Friday #4
Jilly_in_VA Friday #5
LetMyPeopleVote Friday #7
Cha Friday #15
LudwigPastorius Friday #8
live love laugh Friday #16
cstanleytech Friday #9
Alexander Of Assyria Friday #11
Akoto Friday #10
JohnnyRingo Friday #12
monkeyman1 Friday #13
bluestarone Friday #14
Scalded Nun Saturday #17
flying_wahini Saturday #18
ck4829 Monday #19

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 03:07 PM

1. I bet it will take the lawsuit.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 03:11 PM

2. Yep.

And as many appeals as he can muster, if he loses.

We're all still waiting for him to face the music on that previous indictment.

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Response to leftieNanner (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 03:27 PM

6. Yes. It's become their playbook.

Stall, stall, stall.

Something ordinary citizens would not get away doing!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 03:12 PM

3. Probably won't happen.

MAGA doesn't believe in court decisions, unless they favor them.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 03:20 PM

4. He's gonna fight it tooth and nail . .....

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 03:23 PM

5. Arrest that sumbitch

It's long past time for him to be doing the perp walk.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 03:30 PM

7. This will be fun to watch

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 05:17 PM

15. Rt TY!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 03:32 PM

8. Fuck that lazy-eyed criminal motherfucker!

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 05:54 PM

16. ✔️💯

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 03:39 PM

9. Attorney client privilege? He is an employee of the people so the people should have

the right to know just exactly what their attorney is doing for them.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:20 PM

11. Precisely sir. Chief law officer of a state....hiding behind a technicality that does not apply...

what a ruse this is to claim it here…what attorneys was he meeting and for what privileged consultation? A judge will ask these questions in an under oath contempt hearing…no need for specifics, just names and general subject…was it somehow related to personal legal affairs…or the insurrection?

Betting the latter..so that’s not solicitor client privilege…lol.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:18 PM

10. He's the AG. He knows how to fight, so that's what he'll do. n/t

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:24 PM

12. Time to renew the assault on news media.

"No good liberal rag", "Commie TV news stations", "Internet lies", and "UnAmerican facts that are trying to make me look bad".

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 04:54 PM

13. I thought text's don't belong to the people,owned by the carrier's ?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Jan 14, 2022, 05:05 PM

14. The NEW rethuglicons rule?

We won't even listen to judges and courts!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Jan 15, 2022, 09:20 AM

17. He will destroy as much as he can and stonewall the rest

This person lives by no rules, and seemingly gets away with it every fucking time. I'd love to see him held to account and behind bars.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Jan 15, 2022, 10:19 AM

18. Texans here know what a shit weasel Paxton is. Abbott just loves and admires him.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Jan 17, 2022, 05:22 AM

19. K&R

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