Citing Hurricane Harvey, Lawyers Prosecuting Texas Attorney General Say December Trial ‘impossible'

ATLANTA — Three prosecutors pursuing criminal fraud charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are asking to delay his December trial, citing Hurricane Harvey and an ongoing legal fight over back pay."The attorneys pro tem are part of an ongoing lawsuit to prevent payment for their services," the three prosecutors wrote, adding, "Hurricane Harvey caused devastating flooding in Houston incapacitating the Harris County Criminal Courthouse" where the proceedings were meant to take place.These factors "make a trial date in December impossible."Read: Prosecutors' motion for continuanceHarris County District Judge Robert Johnson, who has been tapped to preside over Paxton's trials, will decide whether to grant their request to postpone the trials. It's unclear how long the delay would last if Johnson sides with the prosecutors.Johnson will hold a hearing on the motion for continuance on Wednesday afternoon.Paxton was indicted in July 2015 on three counts of violating state securities laws. He faces two first-degree felony securities fraud charges and one-third charge of failing to register as an investment adviser representative. This is a breaking news story. Check back here for more information.  Continue reading...

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