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Gov. Rick Perry's abuse-of-power case gets underway in surreal fashion
Gov. Rick Perry's abuse-of-power case gets underway in surreal fashion

There was no grand entrance of the accused for the media horde to document. No stirring speech on the courthouse steps. In fact, the defendant never spoke during the sometimes plodding and technical proceedings. Still, there was plenty of political theater — and heated dialogue — on the first day Gov. Rick Perry went to court to face abuse-of-power charges. Two days after he addressed a jubilant Republican victory party on election night, Perry made the short trip to district court, just blocks from the governor's mansion. Perry, who has reigned for 14 years and still has presidential ambitions after a botched 2012 campaign — remember his "Oops" moment?...

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