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Governor Rick Perry Indictment

Governor Rick Perry Indictment

On Saturday Governor Perry responded to his indictment charges. Governor Perry said that he intends to fight the two counts charged against him and that he intends to win.

"I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand behind my veto and I'll continue to defend this lawful action of my executive authority as Governor," said Governor Perry.

It all began over a year ago when Travis County District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested and plead guilty to driving while intoxicated.  Perry allegedly threatened Lehmberg, a democrat, by claiming he would veto funding of the Public Integrity Unit if she did not resign. Lehmberg did not resign and Perry followed through with a veto of state funding for the PI unit.
Now Perry is looking at two counts, one "Abuse Of Official Capacity" which carries a maximum sentence of 99 years. The other is for "Coercion Of A Public Servant" a maximum sentence of 10 years.Special Prosecutor Michael McCrum spent months interviewing and  calling witnesses who alleged that Perry broke the law.

"When it gets down to it, the law is the law and the elements are the elements and the analysis are whether the facts meet the elements of the offense," said McCrum.

If the indictment and the allegations are true and factual, Governor Perry will have gone down for threatening those who investigate political corruption.

Jack Carney, Newschannel6

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