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- One charge down, one to go for Rick Perry.
The Texas Third Court of Appeals threw out one of the two criminal charges against former Governor Rick Perry today.
The charges — abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant — stem from Perry’s 2013 veto of funds for the Public Integrity Unit, housed in the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.
Perry vetoed the funds after Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who ran the unit, refused to step down after being arrested for drunken-driving.
The court dismissed the charge of coercion of a public servant on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment.
Even though the first charge is still pending, the decision is a win for Perry, who’s fighting the charges while simultaneously seeking the Republican nomination for president.
And it’s been expensive; the indictments have cost Perry over $2 million in legal fees, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Perry has yet to release a statement on the decision.