Tribpedia: Perry Indictment

On Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, a Travis County grand jury handed down two indictments against then-Gov. Rick Perry. The indictments allege Perry abused the powers of his office when he threatened to veto funding for the state’s public integrity unit unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who had pleaded guilty to drunken driving, resigned. The public integrity unit, which ...

U.S. Sen John Cornyn details his meeting with Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump during a press conference May 13, 2016 in Dallas
U.S. Sen John Cornyn details his meeting with Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump during a press conference May 13, 2016 in Dallas

Analysis: Cornyn Wants FBI to Open Clinton Files. And Then What?

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn thinks it would be a great idea to open the FBI’s investigative files on Hillary Clinton. But there's a reason for separating police and prosecutors and courts — and for separating all of them from politics. 

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin hours after the state's highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against him in a case related to a veto threat against the Travis County district attorney.
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin hours after the state's highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against him in a case related to a veto threat against the Travis County district attorney.

Rick Perry's Criminal Case Officially Dismissed

The criminal case against former Gov. Rick Perry was officially dismissed on Wednesday, weeks after the Texas' highest criminal court ordered that it be dropped.

Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin hours after the state's highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against him in a case related to a veto threat against the Travis County district attorney.
Former Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin hours after the state's highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against him in a case related to a veto threat against the Travis County district attorney.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Dismisses Rick Perry Indictment

The state’s highest criminal court dismissed the remaining indictment against former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday morning, apparently ending the case that started with his threat to veto state funding for a local prosecutor if she refused to quit her office.

David Botsford, left, and Tony Buzbee, both defense lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry, discuss the Nov. 18, 2015 hearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
David Botsford, left, and Tony Buzbee, both defense lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry, discuss the Nov. 18, 2015 hearing before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Perry's Lawyers Fight to Finish Off 15-Month-Old Indictment

Lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry fought Wednesday before the state's highest criminal court to finish off a 2014 indictment against him, while prosecutors argued that it was too early to let Perry off the hook. 

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Aug. 16, 2014, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Aug. 16, 2014, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.

State Formally Challenges Pro-Perry Ruling

The state is officially challenging an appeals court ruling last month that dismissed one of two counts in the abuse-of-power indictment against former Gov. Rick Perry. 

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an Aug. 16, 2014, news conference, the day after a grand jury indicted him on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power," Perry said.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an Aug. 16, 2014, news conference, the day after a grand jury indicted him on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power," Perry said.

Perry Lawyers Ask Appeals Court to Dismiss Last Charge

Lawyers for former Gov. Rick Perry are asking the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to throw out the remaining count in the indictment against him.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an Aug. 16, 2014, news conference, the day after a grand jury indicted him on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power," Perry said.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an Aug. 16, 2014, news conference, the day after a grand jury indicted him on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power," Perry said.

Judge in Perry Indictment Faces Recusal Questions

More than a week after a judge who once worked for Rick Perry was tapped to hear an appeal in the former governor's indictment, it's still unclear whether he'll see the case through.

 

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit at the Hoyt Sherman Place theater in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit at the Hoyt Sherman Place theater in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

In Austin, Huckabee Blasts Perry Indictment

Besides being potential rivals in the 2016 presidential race, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry have butted heads in past races. But Huckabee heaped praise on Perry on Thursday and blasted the indictment against the Texas governor.

State Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discussed the Senate's base budget plan at a Jan. 27, 2015, news conference.
State Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discussed the Senate's base budget plan at a Jan. 27, 2015, news conference.

Public Integrity Unit Chief Testifies Before Senators

The head of the state's public integrity unit told Senate lawmakers on Monday that Gov. Rick Perry’s veto of its funding in 2013 forced the division — which investigates public corruption — to lay off staff and give up cases.