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Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: pdq
Date: September 27, 2022 02:00PM
AP:

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ran out of his house and jumped into a truck driven by his wife, a state senator, to avoid being served a subpoena to testify Tuesday in an abortion access case, according to court documents.

[The subpoena server] Ernesto Martin Herrera said in the affidavit that he arrived at Paxton’s home in the Dallas suburb on McKinney Monday morning and knocked on the front door, which had a window in it. Paxton could initially be seen approaching the door but then turned back. Republican Sen. Angela Paxton opened it, telling the process server her husband was on the phone, according to the court document...

More than an hour later, the affidavit says, Paxton walked out of the garage but then turned around and ran back inside when Herrera walked up the driveway and called his name. A few minutes after that, Angela Paxton allegedly came out, opened the rear driver-side door of a truck in the driveway, got in the driver’s seat and started the truck.

“A few minutes later I saw Mr. Paxton [run] from the door inside the garage towards the rear door behind the driver side,” Herrera wrote, adding that Paxton ignored his calls that he was there to serve the attorney general legal documents.

...and unfortunately, it worked:

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On Tuesday, a judge hearing the lawsuit by nonprofit groups that want to help Texans pay for abortions out of state granted Paxton’s request to quash the subpoena. The attorney general wrote in court documents that he and his wife were “accosted” by the process server and the judge also granted Paxton’s request to seal the affidavit...

The affidavit was where the whole "run away from the subpoena server" story came from; fortunately, some news organizations saw it before this judge sealed it away from the public.

As the article notes,

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Paxton was indicted in 2015 on state securities fraud charges but is yet to face trial amid long delays over where the felony case should be heard and payment for the special prosecutors. The FBI is investigating Paxton over allegations of corruption that eight of Paxton’s own deputies leveled at him two years ago. The Texas state bar has also brought a lawsuit seeking to discipline Paxton for allegedly misleading the U.S. Supreme Court in his suit seeking to challenge Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

This is the state Attorney General of Texas. And did I mention he's running for reelection this fall?

We live in a country (partly) ruled by mob bosses.
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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: hal
Date: September 27, 2022 02:19PM
"This is the state Attorney General of Texas."

Yes, the state where busloads of state reps fled the state to avoid voting on at least two occasions and stayed until the legislative session ended. Texans like to flee it seems. Think Cruz...
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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 27, 2022 03:12PM
The bigger problem is Texas has plenty of Republican judges who will quash subpoenas for Republican office holders.



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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: samintx
Date: September 27, 2022 04:00PM
Texas is so on the wrong path. Paxton is a 3 letter word starting with A.
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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 27, 2022 04:37PM
Who among us hasn't run away from a subpoena server??



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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: Diana
Date: September 27, 2022 05:06PM
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mattkime
Who among us hasn't run away from a subpoena server??

Who amongst us has ever been served a subpoena?
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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: September 27, 2022 06:00PM
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Diana
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mattkime
Who among us hasn't run away from a subpoena server??

Who amongst us has ever been served a subpoena?

I have been twice. Once as a witness to a car accident, and once as part of my job (that was quashed on 1st amendment grounds). Neither time did I run away, I didn't even walk away.



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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: Ted King
Date: September 27, 2022 06:55PM
I think people who are completely innocent and have money for a good lawyer should have no qualms about being served a subpoena and testifying under oath.



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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 27, 2022 07:54PM
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Ted King
I think people who are completely innocent and have money for a good lawyer should have no qualms about being served a subpoena and testifying under oath.

Whoa, we’re talking about a Republican constitutional officer. In Texas.



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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 27, 2022 07:59PM
Who amongst us has ever been served a subpoena?


POMTL, a perfect reposté.

But it also comes with the job.






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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: Don C
Date: September 27, 2022 08:51PM
Maybe we need to let Texas break away.
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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: Janit
Date: September 27, 2022 10:11PM
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Don C
Maybe we need to let Texas break away.

Maybe someone can convince Putin to annex it.
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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: September 28, 2022 07:08AM
Trying to serve a piece of paper to a wealthy white man is "accosting."

Shooting a sleeping black woman is just fine though.
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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: pdq
Date: September 28, 2022 08:36AM
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Lux Interior
Trying to serve a piece of paper to a wealthy white man is "accosting."

I noticed that. The subpoena server says he rang the doorbell, saw Paxton coming to answer the door, then turn around when he saw what it was about. I didn’t mention that Paxton made noises about defending his home and family (by running away?) in his public response to the story.

Of course, given the name of the guy serving the subpoena, he probably had brown skin, so…
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Re: Ken Paxton runs away from subpoena server
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 28, 2022 11:01AM
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Diana

Who amongst us has ever been served a subpoena?

Oh come on - live a little!



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