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Texas attorney general back in court over fraud indictment

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected back in court on felony charges of defrauding investors.

The hearing Tuesday in Paxton’s hometown of McKinney marks the first court appearance for the Republican since formally pleading not guilty in August. His attorneys have asked a judge to void the indictments handed up by a grand jury this summer.

Paxton is accused of encouraging wealthy investors to pump more than $100,000 into a tech startup called Servergy without revealing he was being paid by the company. The alleged fraud took place in 2011, when Paxton was still a state lawmaker.

Special prosecutors say Paxton’s claims of grand jury leaks and a flawed investigation are meritless.

Paxton was indicted just six months into office and has said he won’t resign.

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