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    Indictment dropped against Rick Perry

    Indictment dropped against Rick Perry

    By Sophie Tatum, CNN
    Updated 11:40 AM ET, Wed February 24, 2016| Video Source: CNN

    Washington (CNN)The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday dropped charges against Rick Perry that alleged the former Texas governor abused his power while in office.

    Perry, a two-time former GOP presidential candidate, was indicted by a grand jury in August 2014 after he first threatened and then carried out a veto that defunded a statewide public integrity unit in an attempt to force a district attorney's resignation.

    Perry originally faced two indictments, but one was dismissed by a lower court in July.


    "Appeals court clears @GovernorPerry of all charges.

    Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

    #StandWithRick," tweeted an official account manned by his staff.



    The case examined the state's separation-of-power provision in the Texas Constitution and a governor's veto power under the "abuse of official capacity" statute.

    Perry fought the indictment, claiming that the counts were "unconstitutional."


    The dismissal supported this claim, stating, "public servants have a First Amendment right to engage in expression, even threats, regarding their official duties."


    Perry served as the governor of Texas for 15 years, where he was the longest-serving governor in the history of the state.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/24/politi...ped/index.html

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    The dismissal supported this claim, stating, "public servants have a First Amendment right to engage in expression, even threats, regarding their official duties."
    Of course they do. A boss always has the authority to threaten the job of his employee if that employee performs poorly or brings discredit to the business. This situation was no different.

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