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Texas Gov. Perry Indicted For Abuse Of Power

Updated: Friday, August 15 2014, 08:39 PM CDT

A Travis County grand jury has indicted Texas Governor Rick Perry for abuse of power. A special prosecutor announced the decision Friday afternoon.

The panel was investigating Gov. Perry over his veto of $7.5 million in funds for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit last year.

Gov. Perry had promised the veto if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign in the wake of her drunk driving arrest.

He was indicted on felony counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Maximum punishment on the first charge is five to 99 years in prison. The second is two to 10 years.

Mary Anne Wiley, General Counsel for Gov. Rick Perry, issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Travis County grand jury:

"The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution. We will continue to aggressively defend the governor's lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail."

(AP contributed to this report.)

Texas Gov. Perry Indicted For Abuse Of Power

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