A grand jury indicted Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday, making the presidential hopeful the first Texas governor to be indicted in almost a century.
Perry was charged with abuse of official capacity, which is a first-degree felony, along with coercion of a public official.
The charges relate to Perry’s threat last year to withhold $7.2 million in state money from District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s office unless she step down after a drunk driving arrest. Perry carried out the threat when he vetoed the money provided for the office in the state budget. The money was earmarked for the state’s Public Integrity Unit, which is within Lehmberg’s office. Perry’s veto not only forced Travis County taxpayers to partially fund the office, but the veto also resulted in several prosecutors and staff losing their jobs, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Perry faces more than 100 years in prison if convicted.
Can you say “oops”?
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