AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas judge is expected to seat a grand jury in an investigation into whether Republican Gov. Rick Perry abused his power by vetoing funding for public corruption prosecutors.
Special State District Judge Bert Richardson is expected to impanel the grand jury Monday in Austin.
The investigation began after Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding last summer for a public integrity unit under Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.
Perry called on Lehmberg to resign after the Democrat was convicted on drunken-driving charges. When she refused, Perry pulled state funding for the unit.
Richardson hired a special prosecutor to investigate following a complaint from a public watchdog group.