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