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Political challenger ribs Attorney General Ken Paxton for giving Trump advice on prison reform

August 9, 2018

AUSTIN — Attorney General Ken Paxton was among a cadre of state-level officials giving President Donald Trump advice on prison reform Thursday, a detail Paxton’s challenger found ironic given the general is under indictment and could face up to 99 years in prison if convicted.

Paxton was one of a mix of governors and state attorneys general to confer with Trump on prison reform at the president’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump, a Paxton supporter, is looking to change mandatory sentencing laws such as reducing mandatory minimum sentences for drug felonies.

“It’s absurd that Donald Trump would take advice from Ken Paxton,” Democratic challenger Justin Nelson said in a tweet Thursday. “What’s next? Tax preparation from Al Capone?”

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Paxton was indicted in 2015 on a pair of first-degree charges for felony securities fraud and a third-degree charge for failing to register as an investment adviser. After three years of legal wrangling over the white-collar crime, Paxton has yet to face trial and is unlikely to until after the November election. He maintains he is innocent and the victim of a political witch hunt.

Andrea Zelinski is a staff writer who covers politics. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook . Send her tips at andrea.zelinski@chron.com . Read her latest stories here .

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