Paxton Prosecutors Continue to Make a Mockery of the Texas Criminal Justice System

To say that Brian Wice and Kent Schaffer are turning the Texas criminal justice system into a kangaroo court would be an insult to marsupials.

After seeking, and receiving, a transfer of their case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton from Collin County to Harris County on the grounds that negative media attention had tainted the jury pool, the pair of bumbling special prosecutors are now asking to litigate their case in the court of public opinion.

In response to the publication of a bombshell document showing the prosecutors fabricated evidence against Paxton, the prosecutors have filed their own motion, entitled “State’s Sealed Motion to Unseal its Sealed Reply to Paxton Sealed Motion to Dismiss Indictment.

In the motion, special prosecutor Brian Wice argues for the release of their sealed response to the motion to dismiss on the grounds of “fundamental fairness,” not to Paxton but apparently to his reputation.

This latest and wholly unwarranted attempt by Paxton’s supporters to … castigate, vilify, and denigrate the Special Prosecutors on social media and in the court of public opinion is based on a document that was ordered sealed. Fundamental fairness dictates that the State’s sealed reply be ordered unsealed.

The motion is another naked admission that Wice is more concerned with his personal reputation than ensuring justice is done in the Paxton case.

Wice has repeatedly violated the gag order in the case by promoting his positions to the Dallas Morning News and other lapdog press, but now he is asking the court to unseal a document for the sole purpose of influencing potential jurors.

The Paxton prosecutors continue to make a mockery of the Texas criminal justice system. It is well past time that the appellate courts stop this madness and put these corrupt prosecutors out of business.

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Tony McDonald

Tony McDonald serves as General Counsel for Empower Texans. A licensed and practicing attorney, Tony received his J.D. in 2012 from UT Law School. While in school, Tony served as Senior Vice Chairman for Young Conservatives of Texas and helped manage its legislative affairs. During the 83rd Texas Legislature he served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Jonathan Stickland. Tony resides in Austin and attends St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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