The Dallas Morning News reports:
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday refused to take up Ken Paxton’s last effort to have his felony indictments thrown out, which means the first-term Republican attorney general will likely face trial as early as next spring.
“Today’s ruling marks an end to Mr. Paxton’s almost yearlong attempt to avoid being judged by a jury of his peers. We look forward to going to trial and seeking justice on behalf of the people of Texas,” special prosecutor Brian Wice said Wednesday.
The Republican-dominated criminal court gave no explanation Wednesday for its decision not to take up Paxton’s case. A lower appeals court in Dallas, as well as the Tarrant County judge hearing the case, had already refused to throw out his indictments.
But Paxton’s attorneys plan to ask the high court to reconsider its decision in light of the fact that a federal judge recently threw out separate civil charges against their client that are based on the same allegations.