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Perry's First Court Hearing Expected Friday
Updated: Friday, August 22 2014, 07:29 AM CDT
Continuing coverage of Governor Perry's indictment: Friday is his first court hearing regarding charges of abusing his power. However, instead of defending himself in court, the governor is defending himself on the road.
Governor Perry has waived his right to an arraignment. On Friday it will be up to his high-powered legal team to do the courthouse wrangling. The governor will appear before business leaders and Republicans in New Hampshire. He spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., speaking at the Heritage Foundation. During his speech he first lashed out at accusations he threated to cut off $7.5 million in funding to Travis County's Public Integrity Unit unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigned following her guilty plea to drunk driving.
"These are fundamentally principles that are very important, namely a governor's power to veto legislation and funding and the right of free speech," said Gov. Perry on Thursday.
Perry's lawyers also released an affidavit by a former Public Integrity Unit investigator who was leading a probe into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The investigator claims neither Governor Perry nor his office were targets of an investigation, despite suggestions from Democrats that Perry's veto was related to the CPRIT investigation.
Perry's court hearing starts at 9 a.m. at the Travis County Courthouse. The governor's office also announced Thursday that going forward, Perry's campaign fund will be footing the legal bills instead of taxpayers.