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Judge refuses to toss Rick Perry case on constitutional grounds
Judge refuses to toss Rick Perry case on constitutional grounds

A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, rejecting the argument that Perry was acting within his rights as chief executive of America's second-most populous state when he carried out a veto threat. The decision by District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, means the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful can move forward. Perry left office Jan. 20 and says he will announce as soon as May whether he will make a second run for the White House. Perry was indicted in August on charges of abuse of official power and coercion of a public servant. He is accused of...

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