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Leading Off (6/2/23)

Meet the two major attorneys who will be leading the proceedings against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
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Ken Paxton Will Defend Himself Against Major Texas Lawyers. Dick DeGuerin and Rusty Hardin are names you grow up knowing in Houston. DeGuerin defended politicians like Tom DeLay and Kay Bailey Hutchison, along with other headline-grabbers like Robert Durst and David Koresh. Hardin was involved in the defense for the Arthur Anderson accounting firm during the Enron scandal. He defended Wade Boggs in a harassment suit and navigated the complicated estate of millionaire J. Howard Marshall during a conflict with his widow, Anna Nicole Smith. “This is the legislature saying, ‘This isn’t just some case, this is an unusual, historic case,’” a Dallas appellate lawyer told the Texas Tribune. The attorney general has a fight ahead of him.

Austin Bridge and Road Is Leaving Joppa. The company will close its asphalt batch plant in the southern Dallas neighborhood on June 26 amid a complicated roundabout process that Sharon Grigsby works to unfurl. It’s worth your time.

DART Train Strikes Scooter Rider. WFAA has some fun with this one without a byline—“the scooter driver was trying to race across the tracks in order to beat the approaching train, which they appear to have failed in doing”—and the scooter rider was hospitalized. DART wouldn’t go that far with the details on the record, only saying the person was riding unsafely. It shows there will always be a human element to riding these things, and that’s something the city must plan for.

Teenagers Arrested in Violent Oak Lawn-Area Robberies. Three of the kids are 16 and one is 15. They had guns and held up people and businesses, sometimes attacking their victims. The incidents happened between May 3 and May 28 and they’ve been charged with aggravated robbery.

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