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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted for Funding Veto Threat

The Associated Press is reporting that Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) has been indicted for “abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.”

The governor has reportedly been under investigation for month after he publicly vowed to veto $7.5 million for Travis County District Rosemary Lehmberg’s public integrity unit. The official felony counts are abuse of official capacity, which carries a maximum punishment of five to 99 years in prison and coercion of a public servant, which carries two to 10 years.

After the grand jury in the case was convened in April, Perry’s office denied any wrongdoing, saying in a statement: “The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto power afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution, and we remain ready and willing to assist with this inquiry.”

More details at ap.org.

View the full indictment below, via Mother Jones:



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