Timeline: Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Legal Saga

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

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As the legal and political drama set off by last summer’s indictment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on charges related to financial fraud continues to unfold, so will the media coverage surrounding it.

Bookmark this page for a handy way to track stories from the Tribune and other outlets. We’ll update it as new developments hit in the case against the state’s top lawyer, who faces three felony charges over claims he misled investors in personal business dealings before he became attorney general. Paxton has pleaded not guilty.

Looking to catch up quickly? Check out entries tagged “Must Read” — they’ll provide the in-depth background you need to navigate this complicated saga.

Paxton’s legal options in the criminal case against him could mean a drawn-out resolution.
The Dallas Morning News
The costs of prosecuting Paxton continue to cause controversy in Collin County.
The Dallas Morning News
A look at the possible ways Paxton could pay for the five members of his defense team.
The Texas Tribune
The Texas State Bar furthers its probe into Paxton’s conduct after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.
The Texas Tribune
The state Ethics Commission rules against allowing employees of the attorney general’s office to use out-of-state donors for a legal defense fund in response to an anonymous request for an opinion.
The Texas Tribune
A Collin County grand jury begins hearing second case involving Paxton, this one focused on the propriety of a land sale tied to one of his business groups.
The Texas Tribune
A Paxton donor files a lawsuit saying Collin County is spending too much public money to pursue the case against him.
The Texas Tribune
The judge presiding over Paxton’s case denies several motions from his lawyers to dismiss it before it heads to trial. Paxton appeals the ruling.
The Texas Tribune
Amid attempts by Paxton’s legal team to discredit the charges against him, the judge who presided over the grand jury speaks up.
The Houston Chronicle
Paxton appears at the first hearing in the case against him to plead not guilty.
The Texas Tribune
Because Paxton’s charges are not related to his public duties, he won’t be able to use campaign money to fund his defense.
The Texas Tribune
Paxton makes his first public statement since his indictment.
The Texas Tribune
A guide to sorting out who’s who among the legal heavyweights on both sides of the case. Note: Paxton’s legal team has shifted since this was published.
The Texas Tribune
An in-depth look at Paxton’s business and investment history.
The Texas Tribune
A Collin County grand jury indicts Paxton on three felony charges related to claims he defrauded investors.
The Texas Tribune
Paxton’s aides confirm that he is not using public funds to pay for his lawyers, and indicate he won’t use campaign funds either.
The Texas Tribune
After a promise to scale back his private dealings, Paxton continues to expand his real-estate holdings and business ventures.
The Houston Chronicle
A company that Paxton invested in is under federal investigation for defrauding investors.
The Texas Tribune
Paxton remains favorite of conservative grassroots despite growing legal issues.
The Texas Tribune
After the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling making same-sex marriage legal, Paxton tells county clerks they can refuse to issue liscenses in a non-binding legal opinion that becomes the subject of a state bar complaint.
The Texas Tribune
The potential criminal case against Paxton grows more serious as special prosecutors announce they will take felony charges before a Collin County grand jury.
The Texas Tribune
Paxton is among a slate of conservative candidates with controversial backgrounds that appear likely to win runoffs.
The Texas Tribune
During Paxton’s campaign, the state securities board finds he violated disclosure rules and fines him $1,000.
The Texas Tribune
Questions over Paxton’s business and investment dealings emerge during the Republican primary for attorney general.
The Texas Tribune