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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Rick Perry Abuse of Power Case Heading to Texas' Highest Court

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 9:58 AM


Former Lone Star State governor and failed presidential candidate Rick Perry hasn't had the best year. 

Not only did his presidential campaign run out of money, forcing a close to his bid for the White House, he's also had pesky criminal charges hanging over his head. 

Now his case is heading to the state's highest court for criminal charges.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will hear arguments on the case in early November, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Perry was indicted on charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant last year, stemming from a 2013 veto of funds for the Public Integrity Unit, which is headquartered in the Travis County District Attorney's Office. Earlier this year, a lower court dismissed the charge of coercion of a public servant.

According to the Express-News, the state appealed the dismissal of that charge and Perry appealed a ruling that it was too early in the case to dismiss the charge of abuse of official capacity. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to take up both those issues, the newspaper reported.

Perry is accused of withholding funding from the Public Integrity Unit because Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg wouldn't resign after a drunken driving arrest. She oversaw the public-corruption-watchdog unit.

And, of course, as all this is happening, Perry decided to run for president — again. Thankfully, instead of months of embarrassment on the campaign trail — like in 2012 — he saw the writing on the wall and quit while he was ahead.

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