Rick Perry Loses, Ordered To Stand Trial For Felony Abuse Of Power
Things are not looking so good for presidential hopeful, former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
U.S. News and World Report is reporting that the 3rd Court of Appeals today threw out one of the charges against him but ruled he still has to answer for the abuse-of-power accusations against him.
A grand jury indicted Perry in 2014 for using his executive power to try to force Travis County’s Rosemary Lehmberg to resign. Perry threatened to veto $7.5 million (2 years) in state funding to Lehmberg’s Public Integrity unit after she’d pled guilty to drunk driving and served 45 days for the offense. A state funded watchdog, the Public Integrity Unit investigates charges of public corruption. When Perry called to demand she resign, she refused; he then vetoed funding for the agency. The grand jury issued two indictments: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. A guilty sentence on both counts could have put Perry in the slammer for 109 years.
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