Texas Court Drops Coercion Charge Against Rick Perry

A Texas state appeals court on Friday dismissed one of two felony counts in an abuse-of-power case against former Governor Rick Perry stemming from a 2013 veto by the now-presidential candidate. The Texas Third Court of Appeals in Austin threw out a count of coercion of a public official, saying it violated Perry's right to free speech. Perry was indicted in August by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in a heavily Republican state, with abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public official, a third-degree felony.