2014-11-06T185004Z_2_LYNXMPEAA50WD_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS-PERRY

Texas' Perry slams abuse of power charge at court hearing

Texas Governor Perry, a possible Republican candidate for 2016 presidential race, answers questions from reporters following appearance at business leaders luncheon in PortsmouthBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry made his first court appearance on Thursday to answer felony abuse of power charges and afterward criticized a special prosecution that has cast a shadow over his possible Republican presidential run in 2016. Lawyers for Perry asked the court to dismiss the charges, saying special prosecutor Michael McCrum did not properly take the oath for his post. The governor did not address the court during the hearing, which covered procedural matters. …

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