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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state appeals court has temporarily halted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s criminal case on securities fraud charges as he presses for a new judge.

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The ruling Tuesday comes as Paxton is scheduled to stand trial in Houston in September on felony accusations that he misled investors in a tech startup. He has pleaded not guilty.

The Dallas-based 5th Court of Appeals is now putting the case on hold while it considers Paxton’s demand for a new judge.

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The Republican has sought to remove state District Judge George Gallagher after the trial was moved from Paxton’s hometown near Dallas.

The court didn’t indicate when it will make a final decision.

If convicted, Paxton faces five to 99 years in prison.

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