Judge will ‘try’ to seat jury in in­dicted Texas AG’s Pax­ton’s home county

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO/STATE -

McKINNEY, Texas—The judge over­see­ing the felony se­cu­ri­ties fraud charges against Texas At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ken Pax­ton says he’ll at­tempt to seat a jury with­out chang­ing where the case will be tried.

Spe­cial pros­e­cu­tors have asked that the pro­ceed­ings be moved out of the home county of Ken Pax­ton, ar­gu­ing that the jury pool has been tainted by the Repub­li­can’s sup­port­ers.

But the Dal­las Morn­ing News re­ports that dur­ing a pre­trial hear­ing Thurs­day, Judge Ge­orge Gal­lagher said he planned to “at least try to choose a jury here.”

Gal­lagher didn’t is­sue a for­mal rul­ing on the change of venue re­quest, though.

Pax­ton was in­dicted in 2015 in the con­ser­va­tive Dal­las sub­urb of Collin County. He’s sched­uled to go to trial in May on charges of de­fraud­ing wealthy in­vestors in a tech startup.

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