Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power, coercion - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Breaking

Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power, coercion

AUSTIN, TX -

by Eli Okun, The Texas Tribune

August 15, 2014

A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power and coercion as part of an ethics inquiry into his veto of funding for the state's public integrity unit.

The inquiry began last summer after a ethics complaint was filed, alleging that Perry had improperly used a veto to deny funding for the unit, which is housed in the Travis County district attorney's office and focuses on government corruption and tax fraud.

After District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg pleaded guilty to drunken driving last year, Perry threatened to withhold $7.5 million in funding over two years for the integrity unit if Lehmberg did not resign.

Lehmberg, a Democrat, served a jail sentence but did not resign. Perry made good on his promise and vetoed the state budget's funding line item for the unit. Though Perry has the authority to veto items in the budget, his critics said that this was done expressly for political purposes and is a crime.

That was the rationale used by Texans for Public Justice, a left-leaning money-in-politics watchdog group that filed the initial complaint last June. The complaint said Perry was guilty of coercion of a public servant, official oppression and abuse of official capacity.

Perry's office has repeatedly said that his veto was appropriate and that he violated no laws.

The Austin-American Statesman reported in June that Perry would probably not testify before the grand jury, which has been meeting periodically for months, though several staffers from his office and from Travis County testified.

Last August, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted to provide some of the funding to the public integrity unit.

Lehmberg declined to comment.

Gilad Edelman, Jay Root and Terri Langford contributed reporting.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/08/15/grand-jury-indicts-perry-abuse-authority/.

 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • East Beauregard Elementary hosts Career on Wheels Day

    East Beauregard Elementary hosts Career on Wheels Day

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:50 PM EDT2018-05-21 17:50:42 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    East Beauregard Elementary celebrated its annual Career on Wheels Day. Last Friday, the school hosted a huge assortment of vehicles that represent careers within the community. Those vehicles included an ambulance, fire truck, BECI truck, State Trooper motorcycle units, DeRidder Police, Police Jury Dozer, race car, Wildlife and Fisheries truck and boat, drilling rig, a helicopter and more!  The event included an appearance from the radio station and picnics for differ...

    More >>

    East Beauregard Elementary celebrated its annual Career on Wheels Day. Last Friday, the school hosted a huge assortment of vehicles that represent careers within the community. Those vehicles included an ambulance, fire truck, BECI truck, State Trooper motorcycle units, DeRidder Police, Police Jury Dozer, race car, Wildlife and Fisheries truck and boat, drilling rig, a helicopter and more!  The event included an appearance from the radio station and picnics for differ...

    More >>
  • Scenic spots on the water to try this summer

    Scenic spots on the water to try this summer

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:45 PM EDT2018-05-21 17:45:59 GMT
    (Source: Dakota Watson)(Source: Dakota Watson)

    The final school bell of the year will ring in a couple weeks, and many kids will want to run straight to the lake. If you’ll be on the water this summer, why not try a new spot?

    More >>

    The final school bell of the year will ring in a couple weeks, and many kids will want to run straight to the lake. If you’ll be on the water this summer, why not try a new spot?

    More >>
  • Flood threat along Gulf Coast this Memorial Day weekend

    Flood threat along Gulf Coast this Memorial Day weekend

    Flood threat along Gulf Coast this Memorial Day weekend

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-05-21 17:03:50 GMT

    With hurricane season still two weeks away, we’re already keeping an eye of the Gulf of Mexico for not only a slight chance of tropical development, but most especially for a deep surge of tropical moisture that will likely bring a flood threat somewhere along the northern Gulf Coast by this holiday weekend.

    More >>

    With hurricane season still two weeks away, we’re already keeping an eye of the Gulf of Mexico for not only a slight chance of tropical development, but most especially for a deep surge of tropical moisture that will likely bring a flood threat somewhere along the northern Gulf Coast by this holiday weekend.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
<div id="CDEV-footer"> <div class="top"> <div class="search-box"> <div class="wnSearchBox" id="WNSearchBox-bottom"><form method="get" onsubmit="return wnValidateSearchTerm(this,0)" action="/Global/searchresults.asp"><span>Can't Find Something? </span><input type="text" class="wnQueryText" name="qu" size="20" value="" placeholder="Search For It Here"><input type="submit" class="wnSubmit" value="Search"></form></div> </div> <div class="station-info"> <div class="logo"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncustom/custom/kplc/2015/images/kplc-footer-logo.png" width="103" height="98" border="0" /></div> <div class="contact"> <div>320 Division Street<br>Lake Charles, LA 70601/70602</div> <div>(337) 439-9071</div> </div> <div class="fcc"> <div><a href="https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/tv-profile/kplc">FCC Public File</a></div> <a href="mailto:bcourtney@kplctv.com">bcourtney@kplctv.com</a> <div>(337) 439-9071 ext. 507</div> <a href="/story/9753976/kplc-public-eeo-report">EEO Report</a> <a href="/story/12173010/how-to-file-a-closed-captioning-complaint">Closed Captioning</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="footer-main-nav"> <ul class="link-group"> <!--<li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li>--> </ul> </div> <div class="news-link"> <ul class="link-group"> <li><a href="http://www.ktre.com/category/241993/texas-news-now">Texas News Now</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="bottom"> <div class="copyrightText"> <a id="wnLogo" href="http://www.worldnow.com"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncorp/logos/worldnow_white.png" id="wn"></a> <div class="text"> All content &copy; Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our <a href="/story/8774923/privacy-policy">Privacy Policy</a>, and <a href="/story/8775106/terms-of-service">Terms of Service</a>, and <a class="adchoice" href="//www.aboutads.info/choices" target="policy">Ad Choices</a>. </div> <div class="clear"></div> </div> </div> </div>