Lawyers for Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday argued the Republican’s indictment is unconstitutional and called on the court to dismiss the felony charges.
“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,” Perry’s legal team wrote in a motion filed in Texas district court in Austin.
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Perry faces charges of abuse of power and coercion of a public servant for vetoing funding for a public integrity unit after the woman heading the group was arrested for drunk driving.
The potential 2016 presidential candidate has vowed to fight the charges and said the case against him is politically motivated.
Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, recently visited the politically important state of New Hampshire where he said his failed 2012 presidential bid taught him humbling and important lessons.
-- Andrew Rafferty