Perry defense won’t be cheap, or quick

AUSTIN (KXAN) — What will Governor Rick Perry’s defense cost? Who will pay for it? How long will the whole thing take?

Perry’s defense will be paid for out of the governor’s fund, meaning at taxpayer expense, but attorney Sam Bassett says it won’t be cheap.

“It’s safe to safe the legal fees will be in the high six figures.” Perry’s lead attorney is well-regarded attorney David Botsford, whose fees are said to run $400 an hour and up. He will likely have assistance from another three or four lawyers.

But there is a caveat for the governor. “In some cases if the person is convicted they may have to repay that amount,” Bassett explains. He did not know if that would apply in this case.

Bassett believes Perry’s attorneys will be in for a long haul. “Obviously it is going to be a publicity situation and the court is going to be sensitive to that. The cases in those instances usually move more slowly.”

How slowly? “If lightning struck and they tried the case quickly as I could imagine it will be at least six months. It could well be a year or two.” By then Perry would be out of office.

Special Prosecutor Michael McCrum would not talk about the possibility of a change of venue.

“It is a difficult issue with a governor, a statewide elected official,” Bassett says. “You’re going to have to show the atmosphere in Travis County is so hostile towards him that he can’t receive a fair trial. I think that’s an uphill battle, frankly.”

As for a possible White House run in 2016, as the expression goes, the law waits for no man.

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