By Zachary Toillion
A grand jury indicted Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas on Friday for allegedly abusing his powers as governor and coerced a public servant. Both charges are felonies in Texas and carry a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison. Gov. Perry will be required to go to an Austin courthouse and have his mug shot and fingerprints taken for arraignment sometime in the near future.
The indictment stems from a bill where Rick Perry vetoed 7.5 million dollars of funding over two years from the Texas Public Integrity Unit. The Public Integrity Unit is run by the office of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat who was convicted on a drunk driving arrest. Perry called on Lehmberg to resign after the arrest.
After a failed 2012 Presidential campaign, Gov. Perry has traveled across the country to rehabilitate his political image and was recently seen testing the 2016 waters at the Iowa State Fair.
Gov. Perry and his allies vigorously denied any legal wrongdoing. “The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution” commented a spokesperson for Rick Perry. David Botsford, who is Gov. Perry’s defense attorney added “This clearly represents political abuse of the court system and there is no legal basis in this decision.”