Ken Paxton flees home to avoid subpoenas, abortion advocates tell federal judge

    Lawyers for abortion advocates said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton fled his McKinney home Monday in an apparent attempt to avoid receiving two subpoenas to testify at a federal court hearing Tuesday in Austin.

    The hearing will discuss a lawsuit by eight nonprofits that help pregnant Texans arrange and pay for abortions, and an abortion doctor, who are seeking protection against state laws that could bring heavy fines and jail time.

    According to an affidavit filed Monday evening, a process server was met at the door by Paxton’s wife, Republican state Sen. Angela Paxton, who said Paxton was unavailable. While the process server waited outside, a black SUV pulled up to the driveway. Ken Paxton walked to the car but turned around and ran back into his garage when the server called out his name, according to the affidavit, which was first reported by the Texas Tribune.

    A short time later, Angela Paxton got into a second vehicle, leaving the rear door open and starting its engine, after which Ken Paxton ran from the house to the truck.

    “I approached the truck, and loudly called him by his name and stated that I had court documents for him. Mr. Paxton ignored me and kept heading for the truck,” process server Ernesto Martin Herrera said in the affidavit. “I stated that I was serving him with legal documents and was leaving them on the ground where he could get them.”

    Paxton, who is seeking a third term in the Nov. 8 election, did not pick up the documents, and both vehicles left, the affidavit said, adding: “Service was completed at 9:50 am.”

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    Responding to the Texas Tribune story about the incident, Paxton tweeted: “This is a ridiculous waste of time and the media should be ashamed of themselves. All across the country, conservatives have faced threats to their safety — many threats that received scant coverage or condemnation from the mainstream media.”

    He continued in a second tweet: “It’s clear that the media wants to drum up another controversy involving my work as Attorney General, so they’re attacking me for having the audacity to avoid a stranger lingering outside my home and showing concern about the safety and well-being of my family.”

    Paxton’s Democratic opponent Rochelle Garza pounced on the development, tweeting Tuesday morning, “Texans deserve an AG who will uphold the law, not run from it.”

    source: Austin American-Statesman

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