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Rick Perry Attorneys Ask Judge To Dismiss Charges Against Governor

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Perry is accused of leveraging his veto power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney whose office oversees the state's Public Integrity Unit. Perry cut off $7.5 million in state funds to the unit — which prosecutes public corruption in Texas — when Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a drunken driving arrest.

He's charged with abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. If convicted, Perry could face a maximum 109 years in prison.

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