2014-08-25T194617Z_1_LYNXMPEA7O0SS_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS-PERRY

Lawyers for Texas Governor Perry file motion to dismiss charges

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Attorneys for Texas Governor Rick Perry filed a motion on Monday to dismiss two felony charges of abusing his power, saying it is unjust to prosecute the leader of the state over a political dispute by trying to criminalize a veto. Perry, a possible candidate in the 2016 Republican presidential race, was indicted earlier this month for trying to use the veto to force the resignation of a prosecutor in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the Republican-dominated state. “Subjecting any sitting governor to a criminal prosecution and injecting the judiciary into a political dispute would be an unprecedented assault on this cherished separation of powers,” the motion filed in a Travis County district court said. Perry, the longest-serving governor in the state’s history, became the target of an ethics investigation last year after he vetoed $7.5 million in funding for the state public integrity unit run from the Travis County district attorney’s office.

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