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Federal judge dismisses SEC civil charges against Texas AG Ken Paxton

On Friday, October 7, former Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was acquitted of two counts of first-degree felony securities fraud and one count of failing to register as an investment adviser with the state, a third-degree felony, which were filed against him by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

In his 29-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant said the SEC was not successful in proving that Paxton made false statements, misrepresented himself in any way, or that he had any obligations to tell his investors that he was receiving commissions investments made software company Servergy.

Paxton continues assert no wrongdoing on his behalf in encouraging his friends and colleagues to invest in Servergy, and that it was not in conflict with his being a state legislator at the time. The SEC alleged that Paxton, who was then a Colin County state representative, obtained 100,000 shares in Servergy stock for bringing in $850,000 in investment to the company.

Mazzant, who was an appointee of President Obama, is known for a tendency to reject motions to dismiss cases.

If you have been accused of a crime, get in touch with Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis Attorney at Law. Call our offices today at (512) 472-1950 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

Texas AG must refile appeal of indictments after attorneys failed to do so

Texas’ highest court rejected the appeal made by 53-year-old Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Jr. for his three criminal indictments last Wednesday, August 31, saying that his attorneys did not file the proper paperwork.

Paxton’s legal counsel forgot to include a copy of a lower court’s ruling in their client’s filing and were given 10 days to correct the issue. The attorneys said they filed the appeal again with the proper paperwork by afternoon.

The attorneys now have to wait to see if the judges will accept their appeal. If Paxton is found guilty of violating state securities laws (a first-degree felony), he can face up to 99 years in prison and be fined with tens of thousands of dollars. His additional crimes include failure to register with the state as an investment adviser representative while giving clients to a friend’s firm and receiving a commission for the funneled clients (third-degree felony).

Paxton is also currently facing a civil fraud lawsuit with the federal government for the same alleged crimes, which will be tried starting September 2017.

At Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, we do our best to fight aggressively to have the criminal charges against our clients dropped or reduced in severity. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our Austin offices today at (512) 472-1950.

Wife charged with arson after damaging home fire

Deborah Coffman, 32, was charged with arson after allegedly causing a fire in her own home by burning her husband’s shirt in a closet that they both share, KXAN reported on June 23.

The Coffman home, located at the edge of northeast Austin and Pflugerville, sustained significant damage in the incident. According to preliminary investigations, Coffman arrived home late after drinking and became involved in a heated argument with her husband.

Accounts are conflicted about what happened next. Coffman informed investigators at one point that she was laying down when she smelled smoke emanating from the closet. She tried to put it out and failed, instead fleeing the house. Another version of the story, however, blamed Coffman for the fire – leading to the second degree felony charge brought against her.

It is imperative for the protection of your reputation, career, and your freedom that you secure a skilled criminal defense attorney after being charged with an offense in Austin. Call Ian Inglis Attorney at Law at (512) 472-1950 today to learn how he may protect your rights and interests throughout the legal process.

Victoria man sentenced to 30 years in prison in child pornography case

Victoria, Texas resident Jason Terrence Leita, 39, was recently found guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography. Leita was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison.

Leita was given a 20-year prison sentences for promoting child pornography, a 10-year prison sentences for possessing child pornography, and a $10,000 fine.

Leita will serve his sentences concurrently; after finishing his 20-year sentence he’ll then serve another 10 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Johna Stallings said authorities found photographs and video footage of his children and women neighbors sunbathing and swimming. These were all admitted into evidence.

Leita had his family members, a pastor, and a psychologist serving as witnesses for him. Linda Jonckers, Leita’s mother, said he was receiving special education when he was of a slightly younger age.

If you have recently been charged with a criminal offense, Austin attorney Ian Inglis may be able to come to your defense. Criminal charges can put your entire personal and professional future in jeopardy, so it is critical to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Call the office of Ian Inglis today at 512-472-1950.

Marijuana advocates aim for ease of Texas’ pot laws

Washington, D.C.-based non-partisan and non-profit organization Marijuana Policy Project has a $200,000 budget to last through the 2015 legislative session and aims to use it advocating for legislative concessions in Texas regarding marijuana policy, the Akron Beacon Journal reported on May 21.

The group’s political director in Texas Heather Fazio said the goal is to treat marijuana like liquor, so it can be taxed and regulated. Fazio points to Colorado’s tax revenue earned in just three months of legalized marijuana trade. The state received $7.3 million in revenue from taxes. Once medical marijuana sales tax and licensing fees are added, that number increases to $12.6 million.

However, Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is averse to the proposal, claiming that legalizing marijuana would be detrimental to the state due to the negative effects of drug use.

Possession of marijuana in Texas may result in criminal offense charges, with varying penalties based on the amount of substance at hand. Don’t hesitate to employ the legal services of Ian Inglis Attorney at Law if you have been arrested for marijuana possession. Call his office in Austin today at (512) 472-1950 to schedule a consultation.

No bail for Fort Hood man found attempting to smother 14-month-old stepson

Twenty-three-year-old Fort Hood, Texas resident Charles Anthony Bartley has been incarcerated while awaiting trial for his felony charge of assaulting a minor with a deadly weapon, the Killeen Daily Herald reported on May 14.

It was the ruling of United States Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Manskre that Bartley not be assigned any bond until he can be tried in court due to the gravity and sensitivity of the case he faces. The child’s mother said she found Bartley smothering her 14-month-old son’s face with a pillow on Wednesday, May 7 as she came down the stairs. The child is Bartley’s stepson. Upon seeing that she witnessed the incident, Bartley left his home and surrendered to military police.

Getting charged with any kind of criminal offense can be debilitating and life-changing because the accused might pay hefty fines or get incarcerated if convicted. Make sure that you have competent legal representation should such a situation arise by asking for the legal help of Ian Inglis. Call his offices today at (512) 472-1950.

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