Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton turned himself over Monday to Collins County authorities after being indicted last week for three criminal charges for securities fraud and failing to register as a securities agent. Paxton, who won the Attorney General seat despite widespread knowledge of business misdealings, may still have a future in Texas politics. While there is already enough evidence to disbar him, in Texas, one doesn't have to be an attorney to be  Attorney General. 

What does his indictment mean for the state? What could his future hold?


This week, NPR examines public corruption in South Texas. The FBI has launched a task force to clean up entrenched misconduct by public officials in the Rio Grande Valley. In this installment of the series, we hear from a police officer who became a drug dealer.

In the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where people are accustomed to seeing public officials led away in handcuffs, the case of the Panama Unit shocked everyone. The Valley's celebrated anti-narcotics squad had gone to the dark side.

DEL RIO, Texas — Eight more people are headed to federal prison in a public corruption probe involving a South Texas county.

Ex-Maverick County Commissioner Eliaz Maldonado was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison and ordered to repay $173,000. Maldonado pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe in a construction bidding scam since 2010.

Three ex-county workers and four Eagle Pass businessmen were also sentenced in Del Rio, for terms up to 10 years. All pleaded guilty to theft or bribery counts.

Texas Bar Association

A black cloud hangs over local jurists as a federal probe continues into the back-alley dealings of Al Acevedo Jr., a defense attorney who is now rumored to be cooperating with the FBI and the New Mexico office of the US Attorney's Office.

It is reported that Acevedo has offered bribes and other enticements to judges and other lawyers to make deals for his clients. The resignation last Friday of 144th District Court Judge Angus McGinty is tied to this probe.

Center for Public Integrity

In the first segment:

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was indicted last week, former Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin is in court for 21 counts of corruption and Jesse Jackson jr. resigned last year, but what does Texas look like?

A report card from the Center for Public Integrity gives us a dismal D+ in terms of our risk of corruption, last month it gave us an F for our judicial financial disclosures.