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Texas attorney general back in court over fraud indictment

Posted at 12:06 PM, Dec 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-01 12:06:00-05

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors say Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is not entitled to records from the secret grand jury proceedings that led to his felony indictments on securities fraud charges.

Paxton appeared Tuesday in court in McKinney for the second time since being indicted in July on charges of defrauding wealthy investors in a tech startup. He has pleaded not guilty.

The Republican official's high-powered legal team is asking a judge to consider whether special prosecutors pursuing the charges were qualified to present a securities case to a grand jury.

Paxton was joined in court by his wife and more than a dozen supporters who prayed outside the Collin County courtroom.

The judge has not indicated when he'll rule on Paxton's request to dismiss the case.

The hearing could last into Wednesday.