Perry’s attorneys seek dismissal of charges

Rick Perry Courtroom

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gov. Rick Perry’s attorney says he will be filing a motion asking a judge to dismiss the charges against him.

David Botsford said during a hearing Friday that Perry’s so-called “dream team” of attorneys will attack the constitutionality of the prosecution against the governor and the two charges stemming from allegations he abused his power when threatening to defund the Public Integrity Unity if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg didn’t resign following her arrest for DWI.

Judge Bert Richardson gave Botsford a week to file the motion because of the amount of work necessary and because he, the judge, and the attorneys live out of town.

Special Prosecutor Michael McCrum and Perry’s Attorney Botsford met with Judge Richardson in his chambers prior to the hearing.

Perry’s next court date will be set for a time when all of the attorneys’ schedules align with the governor’s schedule. Perry was not in court Friday; he is traveling  in New Hampshire. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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