2014-08-19T023751Z_2_LYNXMPEA7H0VQ_RTROPTP_2_USA-TEXAS-PERRY

Texas' Perry to fight indictment, casting shadow on possible 2016 run

Texas Governor Rick Perry denounces felony charges by a Travis County grand jury during a press conference at the State Capitol in Austin TexasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry will vigorously fight a two-count felony indictment returned by a state grand jury last week charging him with abuse of power, his lawyers said on Monday, calling the prosecution “outrageous.” The indictment has cast a shadow over Perry’s possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination, with experts predicting that legal wrangling in the case is likely to stretch into the 2016 election cycle. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, over his veto of funding for a state ethics watchdog that has investigated prominent Texas Republicans.

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