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Special Prosecutor Demands Gov. Perry Appears at Court Hearings

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Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 10:07 AM

The special prosecutor in charge of the abuse of power case against Texas Gov. Rick Perry is fighting to have the potential presidential candidate attend all the hearings leading up to his trial.

Mike McCrum, a San Antonio lawyer appointed as the special prosecutor in the case, said that the governor should be treated just like any other Texan, according to The Texas Tribune.

"The state does object to Mr. Perry's request to be permitted to not appear in court at all 'future non-evidentiary hearings' in this case," wrote McCrum to the court. "From carpenters to lawyers to judges accused of anything from tickets to federal felonies, all are expected to appear in court."

McCrum was responding to an appeal from Perry's lawyers to Judge Bert Richardson that the governor be excused from an Oct. 13 court hearing and all other hearings before his trial.

"There is absolutely no question that Governor Perry will appear whenever the Court requires his presence, for trial or otherwise," Perry's lawyers wrote in their motion on Monday.

"At the same time, his duties and responsibilities to the citizens of Texas and his pre-existing commitments relating thereto are appropriate factors for the court's consideration."

Perry was indicted in August on charges that he abused his official position as governor and attempted to coerce a public official.

The charges stem from Perry's threat to veto $7.5 million in state funding to the district attorney's integrity unit in an alleged attempt to force DA Rosemary Lehmberg to quit after her drunk driving arrest. When she refused to resign, Perry pulled the funds.

The governor turned himself in for booking last month, and his mugshot and fingerprints were taken by the sheriff's office.

Perry, who claims the charges are politically motivated, is expected to announce whether he will enter the 2016 race for the White House after the November elections.

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The special prosecutor in charge of the abuse of power case against Texas Gov. Rick Perry is fighting to have the potential presidential candidate attend all the hearings leading up to his trial.
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