Questions Remain About Perry's Legal Bills

"Texas statutory authority allows for the payment of attorney fees when an elected official is defending a criminal prosecution that could give rise to a civil cause of action; but that payment is conditioned upon a finding of not guilty after a trial has been held. However, although a criminal indictment has been issued, there is a legitimate and appropriate question, to be addressed by the attorney general, of whether it is in the interest of the state of Texas to authorize Governor Perry state-paid representation during the pendency of this matter to defend the constitutional authority and lawful powers of the governor's office to threaten to veto, or to veto, pending legislation; such action being civil, and not criminal, in nature," Jorge Vega wrote.

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