Texas AG Ken Paxton Smirks For Mugshot After Arrest On Multiple Felony Charges

Anti-gay Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was today arrested and booked on the three felony securities fraud charges announced on Friday. He was released on bond shortly afterwards.

Around noon, the grand jury indictment against Paxton was unsealed, revealing that two first-degree fraud charges were based on Paxton’s efforts in July 2011 — when he was a member of the Texas House — to sell stock on behalf of Servergy Inc., a McKinney-based tech company. According to the indictment, Paxton failed to tell stock buyers — including state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, and Florida businessman Joel Hochberg, who were listed as complainants on the fraud charges — that he had been compensated with 100,000 shares of Servergy stock. Paxton also said he was an investor in Servergy when he was not, the charges indicated. Paxton encouraged investors, including Texas House members, to put more than $600,000 into Servergy, special prosecutor Kent Schaffer told the New York Times last week.

Democrats are calling for Paxton’s resignation. The Texas GOP has issued a statement which declares that Paxton is entitled to his day in court. (Tipped by JMG reader Charles)

  • Rocco Gibraltar

    Brilliant description, Joe. A cocky fuck who knows it will fly in TX.

  • bkmn

    I hope his trial is dragged out at least as long as he dragged out the fight for marriage equality in TexAss.

  • Gustav2

    Wait, so Texans are fine with us hanging him when he wins the case? We don’t have to follow any court’s “opinions!”
    Turnabout is fair play!

  • Chucktech

    Laugh it up, laughing boy. We’ll soon see how you fare.

    • TommyTune

      Don’t forget, this is deeply red, Republican-controlled Texas we’re talking about. I’d say his odds of walking away scot free, even in a federal court in Texas, are about 100 to 1. He smirked for a reason.

      • Guil-tay!

        True, but he was indicted in his home county, which is deeply, deeply Red. The goggle-eyed AG might be in for a rude surprise.

      • Chucktech

        Yeah, I know. Just because I’m still shocked that Americans finally sat up and said ENOUGH to the Confederate flag or gave the first shit about a dead lion in Africa doesn’t mean justice will be done in Texas.

  • Steverino

    Looks more like a DUI mugshot.

  • KT

    That smirk is the smirk of someone who is a corrupt SOB but knows he will get away with it because its Texas.

    • Paula


      • OrliJoe in Fla

        It’s that ‘good ‘l boy’ smirk that says nothing’s gonna happen to me cause…

        • Paula

          It reminds me of the repub frat boys that used to get drunk and urinate on the JFK Memorial in Dallas. I haven’t heard about that in a long time now. Now it is Obama bashing.

      • ExGayTherapyKills

        The people who run the world are the 10 world banking families who buy off governments and pay off religions to make their money and make people into slaves.

  • Herald

    Just imagine the howling, screaming, and hysterics from the right if this was a Democrat. Instead just a wimpy let him get his day in court statement.

    • ryan charisma

      I heard he sold baby parts

      • Yes, that via the undercover Chik-fil-A exposé.

    • Michael Hampton

      Especially since he admitted to the crimes!

      • People4Humanity


  • TheManicMechanic


    • Octavio


  • Ninja0980

    Here’s the thing, even if this SOB is convicted and sentenced to prison, he will simply be replaced by another anti-gay asshat.

    • Octavio

      No reason to give up. We will conquer by bringing down one anti-gay asshat at a time.

    • bambinoitaliano

      It’s still one less asshat in the system.

      • Christopher

        Yeah, but it seems like Asshats are like the Hydra. Cut off one head, two more take it’s place.

        It feels like a never ending cycle of stupid in this country.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Where there are Hydra, there are agents of shield and some superheroes among us. It’s never going to be smooth sailing. As long as we stay vigilant and keep fighting the good fight.

    • Treg Brown

      Don’t give up hope! Change can happen!
      – Ann Richards

  • fred

    The Texas Rangers investigated this case, so it will be hard for them to claim it’s a liberal witch hunt.

  • bambinoitaliano

    hmmm remind me of someone.

    • Umm, what movie is this from please?

      • bambinoitaliano

        Silence of the Lamb.

        • OH! I don’t watch violent movies, no wonder it didn’t look familiar.

          Thank you for answering!!

          • bambinoitaliano


  • MattM

    His face says “no matter the outcome, I’m not getting any jail time and my GOP overlords will ensure I’m rolling in cash.”

    That is the face of a man who truly believes that there aren’t consequences for his actions.

  • nokkonwud

    I’m reading elsewhere that mug shots taken in that jurisdiction usually require the person being photographed to wear a white towel around the neck for the picture. I see the special treatment is happening already.

    • He Who

      White-collar crime, white man’s rules.

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  • John P.

    @ JMG – That’s a pic for your files…

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    That same fine smile of smugness, brought to you by Deputy Cecil Wright and Sheriff Lawrence Railey. La plus ça change….


  • Rex

    He can’t go to prison, you know what happens to guys in prison.

  • dcurlee

    Hope he’s nailed to the cross

    • lattebud

      I would hope he makes bubba cross and gets nailed

  • BudClark

    Eye wuz jes’ sayin’ to my bruth’r-son …

    “Luke,” I sez, “that god-dam-it REPUBLICUN shor wud lok preddy in won o’ thim pink git-ups that Shirrif in Arisonnabitch maks HIM pris’ners wear.

    “You ‘spose if’n we calld him up on the telifone, he’d maibe sind won over fur Brother Paxtin to ware?”

    “Whin you call hem, be shoor an’ say “thank ye kidlney” het th’ end.

  • lattebud

    Please let there be a transaction made across state lines that violates Federal Law… Please!!!!

    • Gerry Fisher

      THAT would be sweet.

    • Mark

      Good chance of it since Joel Hochberg is from Florida.

  • Sk3ptic

    He’s a genuine piece of shit, but the smirk is from his Bells palsy. Extremely distracting; it’s difficult to read his expressions because of it.

  • JT

    He should have been put in jail to see if he would “commit suicide.”

    • Garçon, Un Semen Latte, SVP!

      Or turn gay.

  • Marc


  • Ben in Oakland

    He absolutely deserves his day in court. Hopefully, there will be a whole truck load of dirt that comes out of that, dirt that won’t show up in a plea bargain.

  • Michael Rush

    he’s doing his
    ” You talking to me ? ” from Raging Bull .

  • gaymex

    I’d like to get this out of the way before the hand-wringers and pearl clutchers attack us with their cries of “innocent until proven guilty”.
    We all know that, but we still can bitch about what an homophobic piece of shit he is and how we hope that he doesn’t escape punishment because TEXAS.

  • Mark_in_MN

    Sure, he’s entitled to his day in court, so is any other defendant. But that doesn’t mean he’s entitled to hold a significant public office in the mean time.

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    He looks like a criminal. An anti-gay Christian criminal.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    It’s a Texas GOPer macho “I’m above the law” thing. Rick Perry pulled the same stunt:


    The difference is that Ken Paxton knows he’s in deep shit and he’s got more of a little-boy-whistling-in-the-dark look. Rick Perry, who is too much of a buffoon to know much of anything, doesn’t seem the least concerned by his circumstances.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Three felony indictments are nothing to smirk about you smarmy weaselpecker!
    Do the crime, … do the time!

    • Stev84

      They are if you are a Republican in Texas. He’ll get a slap on the wrist if he’s unlucky.

  • Ojo Pollo

    Damn…talk about cock-eyed justice……

  • How can Perry run for president with an indictment hanging over his head? Aren’t there any rules for being allowed to run?

    • Silver Badger

      If elected, Mr. Perry can pardon himself.

  • Michael Hampton

    All he has to do is say “Jeebus forgives me!” loud enough and he won’t even do time. I just don’t know why they didn’t perp walk him for the press like they do every black or Latino criminal. Oh! That’s right. It’s Texas and he’s white and “christian” and straight and rich. In other words, a member of the GOP.

  • anne marie in philly

    don’t ya just wanna bitchslap that ugly face over and over and over…

    • billbear1961

      Ugly, smirking face!

    • William

      Need a hand?

      • anne marie in philly

        HELL YEAH! the more the merrier!

  • billbear1961

    Smirking because he knows the fix is in, because he knows as a corrupt Republican in a corrupt Republican-run state, he can pretty much commit ANY crime he likes and get away with it?

    Hurry on up there, Texas “justice”! Your pal in VICE, the great moral “Warrior for the Lard,” has to get back to persecuting married gays (and seeing how much payola he can rake in under the table from his corporate masters).

    RESIGN–an AG must be above suspicion.

    You are hopelessly compromised.

    Those who thump bibles the loudest are almost always CROOKS.

    It seems practically inevitable: bible-thumping and criminal guilt go hand-in-hand.

    • billbear1961

      Hound this moralizing FRAUD relentlessly until he resigns–not a moment’s peace from here on out.

      Never let him forget what has happened today.

      Ask again and again and again if this is what the GOP is all about!

      This piece of corruption must GO!

  • Dennis

    Servergy? Is that one of those stupid “new office” terms? What does it even mean?
    Oh and Paxton is an idiot.

  • Gerry Fisher

    You have to admit that he has an *awesome*, Grade A, asshole smirk. Go with your strengths, right?

  • Daniel

    I was under the impression that smiling isn’t permitted when standing for mug shots (nor for driving licence photos, passport photos and suchlike). Perhaps that rule applies only to, y’know, peons.

    • People4Humanity

      I’d be pleased to gay pee on Perry, Paxton or Abbott.

  • Galvestonian

    He’ll get off – this is TEXAS, after all and Republicans will do their damnest to make it all just ‘go away’.

    • Criminal Tom Delay, who?

    • People4Humanity

      I upvoted you, but I hope you are wrong.

  • glimsong

    I share everyone’s dislike and disdain for this ..man. However as far as the smirk goes to me it looks more like someone trying to smile after they have suffered from a stroke. The way his face and eye droop are somewhat of a give away I think. Regardless he is smiling for a mug shot which is either his Politician face or just pure arrogance. I still don’t like him, but I think I’m right about the stroke.

  • That’s the same smug asshole smirk I’ve seen everytime I was beaten and tried to fight back. Next time it’s aimed at me, that person will never smile again.

  • Don’t Do The Crime…

    …. if you can’t do the time.”


    • Sammy

      I guess Ken Paxton has that right eye “on the sparrow”.

  • Happy Dance

    Did he have a stroke or does half his brain not work? Either way, it’s sad!

  • Homo Erectus

    Book him, Danno

  • William

    Hey Ken, here’s a handy bit of info: Texas prisons are not air conditioned.
    Sweet dreams on this August night!

  • goofy_joe

    He looks like a schmuck.

  • Kissmagrits

    The Texas good old boys will protect him. He is, after all, their “go to” guy at the capitol and I don’t think they want to shop for another AG.