Abuse of power case against Rick Perry formally dismissed

 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A judge has officially dismissed the felony abuse-of-power case against former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, weeks after the state's highest court cleared him.

Wednesday's action was a mere formality since the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in February voided the criminal indictment against Perry.

Perry left office last year and ran a short, second presidential campaign -- despite facing a 2014 indictment in Austin for abuse of power and coercion of a public servant.

The charges stem from Perry's publicly threatening -- and then carrying out -- a 2013 veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors. That came after the unit's Democratic head rebuffed Perry's calls to resign after being convicted of drunken driving.

 Perry argued his freedom of speech was violated, and the indictments were quashed on appeal.

Up Next:


  • Popular

  • Recent

WATCH FOX 7 NEWS LIVE

FOX 7 News streams at the following times (all times Central):


Monday - Friday

4:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Saturday

6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday

6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.



Schedule subject to change in the event of network sports coverage.

We also stream press conferences and other breaking news coverage from time to time. When we are not in a live newscast, you will see replays of the most recent broadcast.

To enter full screen Mode click the button.

For closed captioning, click on the button while in full screen mode.

Desktop/tablet users: To choose the stream's video quality, click on the button (while in full screen mode) and choose from 432p or 270p.

Mobile users:The video quality default is to your phone's settings.

Please allow time for buffering. If the stream stalls, refresh your browser. Thanks for watching

Stories You May Be Interested In - Includes Advertiser Stories