Texas attorney general's appeal rejected, trial likely

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AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's hopes of avoiding trial on criminal securities fraud charges all but vanished Wednesday when a court rejected his third attempt at dismissing indictments that have shadowed nearly his entire time in office.

Paxton, a Republican who was indicted eight months after winning his 2014 election in a landslide, signalled he isn't giving up. His attorneys said they anticipate asking the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to reconsider its decision, though seldom are such requests granted.

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