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Ross Ramsey's Unconventional Wisdom

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2016

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Analysis: Is Attorney General Ken Paxton Feeling Lucky?

Attorney General Ken Paxton can raise money for a legal defense fund if he wants to, but he won’t have the state’s protection if he does.

This is problematic for the state’s top lawyer, who faces criminal charges in this first year of what is supposed to be a four-year term and needs some expensive legal talent to get him out of that jam.

Paxton can’t seem to catch a break.

He was indicted late last summer on charges of securities fraud and failing to register as an investment adviser representative before acting as one. His lawyers are trying — unsuccessfully, so far — to get the charges dropped.

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