As expected, the attorneys charged with prosecuting Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) have appealed a ruling sending the criminal fraud case back to Collin Co. from Harris Co., where it has transferred more than four years ago.

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 had been pending before the First Court of Appeals for seven months before it was decided. Prosecutors have asked the full First Court of Appeals to review the matter en banc. Paxton was indicted on felony securities fraud charges nearly six years ago and has maintained his innocence throughout its long legal journey. A similar federal case has been dismissed twice.

Meanwhile, the State Bar of Texas has reportedly been required to investigate whether Paxton’s attempt to overturn other states’ elections constituted professional misconduct. The Associated Press’s Jake Bleiberg reported the complaint was filed by the president of the Galveston Island Democrats. The State Bar initially declined to take up the matter, but an oversight tribunal reversed that decision. In a statement, Paxton’s campaign called the complaint “as laughable as it is blatantly political.”

LAND open: Galveston County Judge Mark Henry (R) is considering then race and expects to decide in the next couple of weeks. Henry was first elected in 2010 and re-elected twice since.

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