Texas Governor Rick Perry is being indicted on criminal charges this week. Recently Rick Perry has been in the news as a result of the immigration crisis. He is also a serious contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
The trouble for Rick Perry started in April 2013. Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested for a DUI. Perry suggested the D.A. should step down, however Lehmberg refused to step down. Perry then allegedly threatened to veto millions for the public integrity unit she oversees. Many believe this is an overstep of power. Though Perry is allowed as governor to veto bills, he is being charged with abuse of official compacity. This first-degree felony comes with a five to 99 year prison sentence. A second charge of coercion of a public servant, is a third-degree felony and comes with up to ten years in prison.
Perry has recently been building up steam after his failed 2012 presidential run. His name has been in the news recently regarding the immigration crisis and many have praised his response. This indictment will hit Perry hard, and possibly ruin his chances of receiving the nomination.
A pretrial will be set in the next couple of weeks. We’ll keep you updated.