Rick Perry, former Texas governor and likely Republican presidential candidate, speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City

Texas appeals court tosses one count against former Governor Perry

Rick Perry, former Texas governor and likely Republican presidential candidate, speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma CityA Texas state appeals court on Friday dismissed one of two felony counts in an abuse-of-power case against former Governor Rick Perry stemming from a 2013 veto by the now-presidential candidate. The Texas Third Court of Appeals in Austin threw out a count of coercion of a public official, saying it violated Perry’s right to free speech. Perry was indicted in August by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in a heavily Republican state, with abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public official, a third-degree felony.

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