AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A timeline of developments leading up to Friday’s indictment of Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on charges that he abused the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption:
April 12, 2013 — Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, an elected Democrat, is arrested on charges of drunken driving. A jailhouse video shows her verbally berating officers.
April 19, 2013 — Lehmberg pleads guilty. She’s sentenced to 45 days in jail and serves about half that time.
April 27, 2013 — Lehmberg writes open letter saying she wants to finish her term.
June 10, 2013 — The Austin-American Statesman publishes story saying that Perry intends to veto $7.5 million in funding for state Public Integrity Unit unless Lehmberg resigns.
June 14, 2013 — Perry vetoes funding.
June 26, 2013 — Left-leaning watchdog group Texans for Public Justice files formal complaint against Perry that alleges abuse of power over veto threat.
July 8, 2013 — Perry announces he won’t seek re-election after 14 years in office.
July 15, 2013 — Judge is appointed to oversee investigation into complaint.
April 14 — Special grand jury is seated to investigate.
Aug. 15 — Grand jury indicts Perry on one count abuse of official capacity and one count of coercion of a public servant. Both are felonies and carry possible prison sentences.