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The court agreed with the argument from Perry's legal team that a Texas law concerning "coercion of a public servant" violated Perry's First Amendment freedom of speech rights. It did, however, allow a charge related to abuse of power, to move forward.
"The statute on which the 'coercion of a public servant' is based, as written, and as we are bound to construe it, violates the First Amendment and, accordingly, cannot be enforced," the appeals court ruled according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Perry is accused of threatening to veto funding the Travis County Public Integrity Unit unless a district attorney, who received a drunken driving conviction, resigned.
The attorney did not resign, so Perry vetoed the funding......................
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