Rick Perry Cleared Of All Criminal Charges By Texas Court

Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals threw out the second and final felony charge levied against former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

Perry was charged with coercion of a public official and abuse-of-power back in August 2014. The charges stem from the former Texas governor vetoing a funding appropriation bill for the office of a district attorney who he wanted to resign over an arrest for drunk driving.

The coercion of a public official charge was dropped in July.

He had hoped to force Travis County district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign following her 2013 arrest for a DUI. Her blood-alcohol was reported to be .239, three times the legal limit.

The former governor had long held that the charges, which stemmed from a grand jury in liberal Austin, were a “political witch hunt.”

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