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Texas Gov. Rick Perry goes to court to fight abuse-of-power charges
Texas Gov. Rick Perry goes to court to fight abuse-of-power charges

Two days after he addressed a Republican victory party here before cheering crowds, outgoing Gov. Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, made another appearance Thursday — in court. Perry was indicted in August by a Travis County grand jury on two felony counts of abusing his official capacity and coercing a public servant. This was the first court hearing he has attended, sitting stoically through most of the heated arguments from lawyers. Perry's attorneys argued that the case should be quashed on technicalities, including whether its special prosecutor was properly sworn in. The Republican governor's attorney, Tony Buzbee, sometimes glared at...

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