The criminal trial of Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton should be held in Collin Co. instead of Harris Co., where it has been pending since 2017, the First Court of Appeals ruled (PDF) today (Thursday). A divided panel of three Democratic justices affirmed a lower court’s decision to stay another court’s order setting aside another court’s order to move the case to Harris Co. The issue of venue has been pending before the First Court of Appeals for seven months.

The court’s order (PDF) provides a lengthy discussion of the procedural cases as well as the underlying criminal cases’ winding paths between courts, which is summarized below:

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