Sunday, July 26, 2015

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry's Legal Defense Bill More Than $ 2 Million

It would seem so far the money has been well spent his indictment was reduced to one count.

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Via Texas Tribune
Former Gov. Rick Perry has now spent more than $2 million in state campaign cash fighting the abuse-of-power indictment against him, according to finance records made public Thursday.
In the first half of this year, Perry, now a presidential candidate, tapped his Texas campaign coffers to pay just over $1 million to four law firms for "legal defense," the records show. The bills climb even higher with tens of thousands of dollars paid to a New York firm for what the Perry's campaign described as "legal defense consulting." 
His state campaign had already disclosed spending more than $1 million on legal defense during the second half of last year.
The 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin specifically found a problem with a count alleging that Perry coerced a public servant when he threatened to veto state funding for a unit of the Travis County district attorney's office. The court left intact the indictment's other count, which accuses Perry of abusing his power.
Perry's legal team, led by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee, moved quickly to capitalize on the ruling, arguing it was proof the overall case against Perry, now a presidential candidate, is unraveling.
"One down, one to go," Buzbee told reporters Friday afternoon outside the Harris County civil courthouse. "The court today threw out what we believe to be the greater of the two charges — that coercion charge."

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