Perry hearing before top Texas appeals court delayed 2 weeks

Rick Perry
In this photo taken Aug. 22, 2015, Republican presidential candidate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks in Columbus, Ohio. The two returning Republican presidential candidates are struggling to keep their own donors interested. A majority of 2012 donors to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum who’ve given this time have defected to other candidates. That’s according to an analysis by Crowdpac.com, a nonpartisan political research company. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ highest criminal court is delaying for two weeks its hearing on whether former Gov. Rick Perry should be prosecuted on felony abuse-of-power charges.

The Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Friday to hold oral arguments on Nov. 18.

The court originally scheduled a hearing 14 days earlier. But Perry attorney David Botsford sought a delay, saying he’d be on a prepaid Italian vacation then.

Perry is accused of using his veto power to try and force the resignation of a Democratic district attorney who was convicted of drunken driving.

A lower court already dismissed a separate coercion charge against Perry.

Perry left office in January and abandoned his second presidential run last month. He partly blamed his criminal case for a campaign marred by disappointing fundraising and polling numbers.

 

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