Rick Perry's 1st Court Appearance Set for Thursday

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is due to make his first court appearance Thursday in Austin to face abuse-of-power charges.

A Travis County grand jury indicted Perry in August on charges that he abused his official powers and coerced a public servant. The charges arose from his public threat and eventual decision to veto state funding for public corruption prosecutors.

That came after the Democratic district attorney overseeing the unit wouldn't resign after a drunken-driving conviction.

Perry's attorneys have challenged the case on constitutional and technical grounds.

The Republican originally was to appear at an Oct. 31 pretrial hearing, but Perry attorney Tony Buzbee said the hearing was postponed. In an order signed late last month, state District Judge Bert Richardson set the hearing for Nov. 6.

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