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May 15, 2014

DA: Perry sought back entrance to grand jury

AUSTIN, TX — A prosecutor says an attorney for Gov. Rick Perry has asked about avoiding the public entrance to the room where grand jurors are investigating allegations that the governor abused his power.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said Thursday there's only one back way into that room that has been staked out by reporters — through her office that Perry no longer wants her running.

Perry vowed last summer to strip funding for Lehmberg's office if she didn't resign following a drunken driving arrest. An Austin grand jury investigating whether that veto threat was legal is expected to soon hear Perry's side of the story.

Lehmberg says special accommodations aren't routinely made for grand jury witnesses. Aides to Perry didn't immediately return messages.

The Austin American-Statesman first reported the request.


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