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AUSTIN (AP) – Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is planning to formally announce his response to a judge’s ruling allowing a felony abuse-of-power case against him to proceed.

On Wednesday, Perry will read a statement surrounded by his defense attorneys at an Austin hotel.

That comes a day after state District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected the former governor’s arguments that the case should be dismissed as unconstitutional.

Perry’s attorneys maintained he was within his rights when he threatened, then exercised, a 2013 veto of funding for public corruption prosecutors. That came after the Democrat leading the unit refused to resign following her drunken-driving conviction.

Perry left office last week, but may soon announce an expected 2016 presidential run.

His attorneys have already said they’ll appeal Richardson’s ruling.

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