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Reports: Texas Gov. Perry indicted on abuse of power charges

Published On: Aug 15 2014 06:10:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 15 2014 06:35:02 PM CDT
Texas Gov Rick Perry

REUTERS/Chris Keane

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted Friday on charges that he abused power by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption, The Associated Press and The Washington Post reported.

An Austin grand jury indicted him on felony counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant, the AP reported. He could get five to 99 years in prison on the first charge and two to 10 years on the second.

The wire service said Perry, a Republican, is accused of abusing his official powers by publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the State Public Integrity Unit at the Travis County District Attorney's office.

The governor said he would veto the funding if the district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, didn't resign, the AP reported. Lehmberg had recently been convicted of drunken driving. When Lehmberg refused, Perry carried out his veto.