AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas judge says he plans to have a special prosecutor review allegations that Gov. Rick Perry possibly violated the law over a veto that cut funding for public corruption investigators.
Judge Robert Richardson told the Austin-American Statesman that he expects to appoint a special prosecutor early as next week. Perry's office denies wrongdoing.
The complaint stems from the drunken-driving arrest of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg in April. Her office houses the Public Integrity Unit that is the state's criminal investigative ethics arm.
Perry said he would veto money for the unit if Lehmberg, a Democrat, did not resign. Lehmberg has refused and Perry went on to eliminate $3.7 million in annual state funding.
A watchdog group says the veto threat was an abuse of office.
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