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Judge Rules Against Perry Legal Team’s Motion To Throw Out Indictments

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  A San Antonio judge assigned to Gov. Rick Perry’s criminal trial, has ruled that the actions taken by the prosecution during the Grand Jury trial were legal and fair, and that the case would continue. 
 
The governor’s attorneys are pulling out all stops to get the indictments against him thrown out of court. Earlier this month, Perry’s lead attorney, Tony Buzbee, argued that Special Prosecutor to the Case, San Antonio attorney Michael McCrum, didn’t sign the necessary court documents before being sworn in.
 
Here’s what McCrum said, after this month’s pre-trial hearing:
 
“There’s case law on the taking of an oath and filing of court documents, and courts have repeatedly held that attorneys pro-tem, who take the oath that their actions are lawful and they are not to be negated.”, McCrum said.
 
The governor’s legal team is still awaiting the judge’s answer on a number of constitutional challenges to also have Perry’s criminal indictments thrown out.
 
Judge Richardson was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals this last election, but the judge has indicated he would like to remain as the judge on the Perry case.
 
The governor was indicted for threatening to veto the state budget for the Public Integrity Unit, unless the head of that unit stepped down.