AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Governor Rick Perry’s defense team says the two felony abuse of power indictments against him are unconstitutional, but not because he’s above the law.READ MORE: 'Wow, There Goes The Ground': North Texan Wally Funk Shares Story Of Her Dream Journey Into Space
In a filing Monday, the governor’s attorneys responded to previous arguments by the special prosecutor leading the case, Michael McCrum, who said Perry’s fate should be decided by a jury — just like any defendant.
Instead, the filing says that the case is invalid because Perry’s actions were protected by his office’s constitutional powers.
A grand jury indicted the Governor after he threatened to veto some state funds for Travis County Democratic District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg if she didn’t resign following her DUI conviction. He carried out the veto after she refused to quit. Lehmberg led the public corruption unit.READ MORE: Texas' Latest COVID-19 Wave Climbing Steeper Than Past Waves, State Health Leaders Say
A judge is now mulling the case’s constitutionality.
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