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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A prosecutor’s office said Friday that it won’t move forward with a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over his refusal to release his communications relating to his appearance at a pro-Donald Trump rally that preceded the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last year.

The Austin-based Travis County district attorney’s office said in a letter that it wouldn’t sue because journalists who had requested Paxton’s records didn’t want to testify in court because they might have to reveal their sources, The Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle reported.

The district attorney’s office told Paxton in January that he had violated the state’s open record laws and that he must remedy the issue or face a lawsuit. Paxton’s office denied any violations and rejected the demand.

Maria Reeve, executive editor of the Houston Chronicle, said, “We were encouraged that the district attorney agreed that Paxton’s office violated the law. We hoped that those facts would be sufficient for a lawsuit to proceed — and that our reporters would not need to testify.”

The district attorney’s office launched its investigation after editors at Texas’ largest newspapers filed a complaint.

Paxton appeared at a Jan. 6, 2021, event in Washington, D.C., where he gave a speech touting his failed legal push to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.

Paxton, a Republican, faces multiple legal challenges as he runs for reelection this year. In addition to active state securities fraud indictments, the FBI is investigating him over separate accusations of corruption and the Texas bar association is seeking to punish him for his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on bogus claims of fraud.

In May, Paxton defeated Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush in a Republican runoff election. That victory sets him up for a general election contest with Rochelle Garza, a South Texas Democrat and civil rights lawyer.

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Juvenile Charged In 'Accidental' Fatal Shooting Of Another Teen In South Jersey: Prosecutor

A juvenile has been arrested in the fatal discharge of a firearm that killed another teenager, authorities said.

On Monday, Aug. 8, at approximately 11:53 a.m., officers from the Gloucester Township Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Gable Court in Gloucester Township for the report of a person shot. 

Police found a 14-year-old boy suffering from an apparent gunshot wound inside his residence. The victim was taken to Cooper University Hospital for treatment, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 1:07 p.m.

During the investigation, detectives determined a 15-year-old boy from Sewell discharged a firearm while recklessly handling it in the victim’s residence, striking the victim, said Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay and Gloucester Township Police Chief David Harkins.

The juvenile was charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter on Thursday, Aug. 11, they said.

The 15-year-old juvenile was taken into custody on Friday, Aug. 12 by the U.S. Marshalls Task Force and was sent to the Camden County Youth Detention Facility.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Batista of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit at 856-676-8175 or Detective Marc Grodzielanek of the Gloucester Township Police Department at 856-228-4500.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously at [email protected]

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