Appeals Court Says Paxton Prosecutor Pay Fight Not Ripe

Law360, Dallas (June 12, 2017, 6:15 PM EDT) -- A Texas appellate court on Friday said without a live controversy, it doesn’t have jurisdiction in a fight to block payment for the special prosecutors appointed to handle the felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

The Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas dismissed real estate developer Jeff Blackard’s bid to enjoin the Collin County Commissioners Court from paying a trio of special prosecutors under a $300 hourly rate agreement, citing the county's recent vote against paying an invoice from the prosecutors. Blackard...
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