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Texas Gov. Perry Indictment Timeline

Updated: Friday, August 15 2014, 10:49 PM CDT

The drama behind Texas Governor Rick Perry's indictment for allegedly carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption all started 16 months ago on April 12, 2013.  That's when Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested for DWI.  Her blood alcohol concentration was three times the legal limit.

A few days later on April 17, lawyer Kerry O'Brien filed a lawsuit to remove Lehmberg from office.

At the time, O'Brien said "either she has extremely poor judgment, or there's an issue that she needs professional assistance with."

On April 19, Lehmberg pleaded guilty to DWI and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. Two months later on June 10, Gov. Perry demanded Lehmberg resign, threatening to veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit if she did not.

The PIU, as it's called, investigates government officials for corruption and fraud. Perry was being investigated at the time.

Four days after the threat on June 14, Perry vetoed the funding.  Fast forward to Dec. 11, a judge decides Rosemary Lehmberg will keep her job as District Attorney.  "I'm just relieved," she said as she wiped a tear from her eye.

On April 14 of this year, a grand jury was convened to decide if Perry abused his power when he made the threat to veto funding.

Friday, August 15, that grand jury decided he did.  Governor Perry must turn himself in to the Travis county jail.  He will be fingerprinted and his mug shot will be taken.  We expect that to happen sometime next week.

Melanie Lofton

Texas Gov. Perry Indictment Timeline


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