Texas Governor Perry's lawyers invoke Louis XIV to dismiss charges

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – Lawyers for Rick Perry invoked a former Roman emperor and 17th-century French King Louis XIV in a motion filed on Monday seeking to dismiss abuse-of-power felony charges leveled against the Texas governor. The new motion argues that Perry was operating within his rights in vetoing money for a public integrity unit in the prosecutor’s office in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state. “A Texas Governor is not Augustus traversing his realm with a portable mint and an imperial treasure in tow; Perry, 64, the longest-serving governor in Texas 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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