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Key dates leading to indictment of Texas' Perry

Key dates leading up to indictment of Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry on charges of abuse of power

Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 15, 2014 at 9:58 p.m.

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.


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