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Texas Governor's Legal Team Vows to Fight Corruption Charges

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Governor Rick Perry and his legal team have insisted they'll do all they can to fight corruption charges following last week's indictment.

The Republican's attorneys will most likely work to get the indictments thrown out.

"The governor could argue that the indictments don't state a violation of the law - or he could argue that he has a defensive of prosecution - meaning he was relying on his constitutional authority to use the line item veto," said ethics attorney Ross Fischer.

If that doesn't work - he'll decide whether he wants to go to trial in Travis County, which is home to the state capitol, or try to move it to another county.

"Since this was a standoff between the governor and a top elected official in Travis County, he may have good grounds for saying he can't get a fair trial from a Travis County jury," Fischer said.

Venue changes have been used in the past in Texas, and in particular Travis County. Attorney Dick DeGuerin defended former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, when she was indicted for misconduct as State Treasurer.

"We got a fair judge, and we moved to Tarrent County and we were in the process of getting a fair jury - and Ronny Earl tried to dismiss the case. I objected on the ground the people of Texas needed an answer to this case - and they needed to know whether their senator was crooked," DeGuerin said.

A jury later found her not guilty.

Attorneys analyzing Perry's case, don't believe it will even get as far as a jury trial. Instead, many think the indictments will quickly get dropped.

Still, Fischer said this is a rare case.

"If you look around the country at governors who are facing indictment or facing trial, it's never for anything like this. It's always for bribery, or some form of public form of corruption - not for how they used their constitutional authority," said Fischer. "This is very rare." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP