Texas Governor Rick Perry assembles formidable high-profile defense team
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/19/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Texas Governor Rick Perry must now complete the humiliating process of being booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken - but he's gathering a formidable legal team in his defense. High-powered attorneys are being gathered after his indictment on charges of coercion and official oppression. A lot is on the line in the case - Perry could get over 109 years in prison if convicted.
According to Michael McCrum, the San Antonio-based special prosecutor presenting the case against Texas Governor Rick Perry, the governor may waive his arraignment altogether.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Perry's lead attorney took on British Petroleum after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Another attorney argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and won changes to campaign finance laws. George W. Bush's former lawyer that defended the president during the Florida recount that decided the 2000 presidential election has also signed on.
This doesn't even include the Austin attorney who's been paid at least $80,000 in taxpayer money since a grand jury was first seated in April to consider abuse of power allegations against Perry, who many see as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
Perry plans trips to Washington and New Hampshire this week to continue courting GOP voters.
"Which of these lawyers will be paid for by the state of Texas and which will be paid by other funds, whether it be a defense fund or whatnot, that hasn't been sorted yet," Tony Buzbee, a Houston attorney says.
The longest-serving governor in Texas history, Perry won't be hiding from the charges. Becoming the first Texas governor since 1917 to be indicted, Perry is facing charges of coercion and official oppression that carry a maximum sentence of 109 years in prison for carrying out a threat to veto funding for the state's public integrity unit last summer.
Perry has remained steadfast by his veto and denies all wrongdoing. The judge overseeing the case, Republican Bert Richardson, decided against issuing an arrest warrant and granted a simple legal summons. Perry will be booked on charges as anyone else.
According to Michael McCrum, the San Antonio-based special prosecutor presenting the case against Perry, the governor may waive his arraignment altogether.
Felix Browne, a spokesman for the governor, said no arraignment date had been confirmed -- and that Perry wouldn't need to appear personally.
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