A grand jury from Colleen County indicted Paxton on two counts of fraud, first-degree crime and violation of national security laws, third-degree crime. In 2017, the Colleen County Commissioner’s Court voted to suspend payments to special prosecutors working on the Paxton case. Another judge transferred the Paxton case from his home district to Harris County after prosecutors claimed that he would not receive a fair trial. The Texas Tribune noted that Paxton represented Colleen County during his his legislative term in the state. The judge’s decision to refer the case to Harris County resulted in a legal maneuver by the Attorney General’s defense team. In June last year, the judge decided to refer the case to Colleen County, Paxton’s birthplace. His lawyers argued that the judge who referred the case to Harris County had no authority to make the decision because his time to supervise the case had expired. In 2015, Jeff Blackard, a Paxton donor, sued Colleen County for overpayment. Broads and Mikkelsen have a long history of actively representing individuals and companies accused of various types of fraud and economic crimes in federal and state courts. But even by the standards of these crimes, the federal prosecution of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was a long process. In the fall of 2018, the Texas Court of Appeals for Criminal Matters ruled on a dispute over prosecutors’ salaries and found that the six-figure payments they were seeking were outside the law, Texas Tribune reports. In early 2016, the Texas Ethics Committee ruled that Paxton could not accept gifts from outside the state to fund “its” legal defense. Conflict of jurisdiction is not the only factor that prolongs Paxton’s lawsuit. The prosecutors argue that Paxton did not register with the state as a representative of an investment adviser. Two plaintiffs who accused Paxton, Brian Weiss and Kent Schaffer, dismissed these charges at a hearing last December. Paxton, a Republican, was charged with serious security fraud in 2015.