While in Midland Perry Talks Defense

While in Midland Perry Talks Defense

During a visit to Midland, Governor Rick Perry took the time to explain his defense in the abuse-of-power case against him, and said the attorneys’ cost would be picked up by campaign contributors.
During a visit to Midland, Governor Rick Perry took the time to explain his defense in the abuse-of-power case against him, and said the attorneys’ cost would be picked up by campaign contributors.

“The state could pick that up obviously,” Perry said, during the groundbreaking of a new Occidental Petroleum Office in Midland. “Because this is an issue dealing with my official duties as Governor.”

The indictment came after the governor’s efforts to force a Travis County district attorney to resign after she was arrested on drunk-driving charges.

On Monday, his defense lawyers asked a judge to dismiss charges against him, and On Tuesday, Perry said that the money for the attorneys will come from his supporters.

“I look at this as an appropriate defense of a state official but just to keep from having folks grouse about it we'll pick up the cost as we go forward,” Perry said.

The defense claims the indictment is a violation of the U.S. and Texas constitutions and Perry said he is confident on the work of his lawyers.

“A brief that has now been delivered to the judge and laying out a very beefy defense of the constitution of Texas and the statues in Texas that defend the governor’s right to veto,” Perry said.

An issue he said will also impact future governors.

“This is not about me this is about future governors, democrats or republicans, the right for them to freely be able to exercise their judgment when it comes to vetoing legislation,” Perry said.

The state is expected to have a response this week.

“It’s now in the hands of the lawyers and the process of the state of Texas which I have great faith will find that we acted properly and correctly,” Perry said.

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