Rick Perry indictment goes before Texas’ top criminal court

FILE - This Aug. 8, 2014, file photo shows Governor Rick Perry as he speaks at the 2014 Red State Gathering, in Fort Worth, Texas. Perry has been indicted for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors. The Republican governor is accused of abusing his official powers by publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit at the Travis County District Attorney's office. He was indicted by an Austin grand jury Friday, Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants the state’s highest criminal court to dismiss felony charges against him that the Republican has partly blamed for his failed 2016 presidential bid.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will hear arguments Wednesday about whether Perry should stand trial on charges of abusing his power while still governor. He’s called the case a politically motivated attack that dampened his short-lived run for the White House.

A grand jury indicted Perry last year for making good on a threat to veto local funds after the Travis County district attorney refused to resign following a drunken-driving conviction.

Perry was originally indicted on two felony counts, but a lower court has already thrown out one of the charges.

The court is not expected to rule immediately.

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