Relief For Rick Perry
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The latest on Texas' highest criminal court dropping a felony abuse-of-power charge against former Gov. Rick Perry (all times local):
An attorney for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the onetime Republican presidential candidate is pleased that criminal charges against him have been finally dismissed.
Attorney Tony Buzbee said Wednesday he spoke with Perry shortly after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals threw out the last of two indictments against the longest-serving governor in state history. Perry was indicted in 2014, before leaving office.
Buzbee calls it a "shame that it took that long to get something as weak and misguided as this to be dismissed." Perry was indicted for threatening — and then carrying out — a 2013 veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors after the Democratic head of the unit refused to resign.
Perry has been campaigning for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz since abandoning his own bid.