Jury appointed to hear cases against Perry, Lehmberg

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by TONY PLOHETSKI / KVUE News and editor ROB DIAZ

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Posted on September 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 7:23 AM

AUSTIN -- A Travis County special-appointed grand jury will consider two possible criminal cases stemming from the April arrest of District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

KVUE News and its exclusive partner, the Austin American-Statesman, learned about the seating of the 12-member grand jury on Wednesday, after more than 80 people were ordered to report to the county's criminal courthouse for possible grand jury duty.

Grand jurors are expected to possibly consider jailhouse recordings that show Lehmberg dropping the names of both Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton and Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.

The special grand jury will also consider whether Governor Rick Perry broke Texas law when he threatened to strip $3.7 million in yearly state funding to Travis County’s Public Integrity Unit, which investigates ethics complaints against public officials.

Perry’s veto read in part, “I cannot in good conscious support continued state funding when the person charged with the ultimate responsibility of that unit has lost the public’s confidence.”

The special grand jury is expected to be formally seated in coming days and will then be available to hear both cases.

 

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