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Indicted Gov. Rick Perry heads to court

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WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As other top Texas Republicans transition into their new statewide posts, Gov. Rick Perry will make his first court appearance in a felony case casting a pall over his final months in office.

 

Perry was allowed to skip two previous pretrial hearings but will be present Thursday at an Austin courthouse.

 

Eying a 2016 White House run, Perry wants the matter quashed quickly. Judge Bert Richardson should rule on his request for the case’s dismissal on technicalities and seeking transcription of secret testimony grand jurors heard.

 

But Richardson was elected Tuesday to the Court of Criminal Appeals and may not handle Perry’s case much longer.

 

An Austin grand jury in August indicted Perry on two abuse of power charges related to his veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors.

 

Texas officials set to vote on water funding rules 

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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