District Judge Robert Johnson granted the prosecutors’ request to delay Attorney General Ken Paxton’s criminal securities fraud trial for a third time so that issues regarding their compensation can be resolved. Prior delays were caused by disputes over the venue and then the presiding judge.
The trial on a charge of failure to register with the state securities board was scheduled to begin on December 11. Prosecutors intend to try that third-degree felony charge first, then try the more serious first-degree securities fraud charges at a later date. No new date for either trial was set by Johnson, but one is expected to be set during a November 2 pretrial conference. Johnson said he preferred a date in late February or early March. Paxton is running for re-election, and the Republican primary is March 6. He presently has no opponent.
The pay dispute is presently at the Court of Criminal Appeals, which last week stayed a lower court order denying payment. Prosecutors indicated they may withdraw from the case if the Court rules against their receiving compensation.
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