AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Attorneys for Texas Gov. Rick Perry are asking a judge to dismiss criminal charges alleging that the possible 2016 presidential candidate abused his power with a veto last summer.
Perry’s attorneys filed the motion Monday in district court in Austin. They say the law being used to prosecute Perry is unconstitutionally vague.READ MORE: Officer Shot During Traffic Stop In Wise County, Suspect At Large
Perry is accused of leveraging his veto power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney whose office oversees the state’s Public Integrity Unit. Perry cut off $7.5 million in state funds to the unit – which prosecutes public corruption in Texas – when Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a drunken driving arrest.
He’s charged with abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. If convicted, Perry could face a maximum 109 years in prison.READ MORE: MedStar Implements Extreme Weather Response On Hottest Day Of Year So Far
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