Attorneys for Governor Rick Perry made a move to shoot down felony charges made against him early this week, saying that prosecuting him on abuse of power claims is unconditional.
In a multi-page brief, attorneys of the governor said the charges inappropriately tainted his authority to veto funds.
A jury indicted Perry early this month on two counts of felony for allegedly making threats to veto $7.5 million of funding on the Travis County Public Integrity Unit, which deals with corruption in political probes in Texas, if Rosemary Lehmberg, the firm’s attorney, failed to step down after a drunken driving arrest.
Lehmberg didn’t quit and Perry to deployed a veto in June 2013.
Perry is facing felony counts on public servant coercion and official abuse. The initial charge will carry a full punishment of 99 years in prison while the second could up to 10 years. He pleaded not guilty.
A 2016 presidential candidate, Perry has been outspoken saying his case stemmed from political motivation.