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Lone Star Project Report

Paxton Prosecution Hypocrisy

First African American Woman Sheriff in Texas Being Improperly Prosecuted by Ken Paxton.

Ken Paxton has spent most of his time as Texas Attorney General under felony indictment and has engaged in extraordinary legal maneuvers to delay judgement before a jury.  If ultimately found guilty of the charges against him, Paxton could be sentenced to serve time in the state penitentiary.  Ken Paxton appears to be the ONLY current statewide office-holder in the country serving while under felony indictment
 
Despite facing criminal charges himself, Paxton recently joined with local officials in southeast Texas to single-out and improperly prosecute the newly elected African American Sheriff of Jefferson County, Zena Stephens.  They charged her with a felony violation for a minor technical offense that she responsibly disclosed herself on an amended campaign filing. 
 
Two Male Candidates and One African American Female Candidate Made a Technical Error.  ONLY the African American Female Candidate is Being Prosecuted for a Felony

In short, Paxton went light on the two males who failed to disclose the cash contributions they received while lowering the boom on Sheriff Stephens who amended her reports to disclose the money.
 
Paxton, Abbott and Patrick have ALL filed amended financial disclosure and campaign reports acknowledging similar errors.
During each election cycle, any number of candidates and office holders file amended contribution reports with the Texas Election Commission to acknowledge and correct mistakes.  Filing amended reports is a responsible act that rarely leads to prosecution because a felony offense occurs only when a candidate files a report “with intent to defraud or harm” the citizens.
 
Ken Paxton has amended his personal financial statements no less than nine times in recent years.  Ken PaxtonGreg Abbott and Dan Patrick have all filed amended campaign finance reports since being elected to public office.
 
Paxton’s Applying a Double Standard to Sheriff Stephens 
If the standard Paxton is setting for Sheriff Stephens were applied across the board, dozens of Texas officeholders and candidates would be subject to criminal prosecution for technical errors in campaign finance reports.
 
Who Will Hold Paxton Accountable?
When filing the case against Sheriff Stephens, Paxton hypocritically said: “No one is above the law. My office intends to hold them accountable.” 
 
The better question is:  When will Ken Paxton finally be held accountable for his crimes?