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Taxpayers to foot Rick Perry’s legal bill

By Tony Plohetski - American-Statesman Staff, KVUE News

Texas taxpayers will pay an Austin lawyer’s legal fees for representing Gov. Rick Perry, who is under criminal investigation for carrying out a threat to withhold money from the Travis County District Attorney’s office.

Attorney David Botsford will be paid $450 an hour to be Perry’s defense lawyer — money that will come from the state’s budget — “because this inquiry concerns actions by the governor while acting in his official capacity,” Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said Wednesday.

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