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Perry Vetoes Funding After Texas DA Is Convicted Of DWI

Perry Vetoes Funding After Texas DA Is Convicted Of DWI

Governor Rick Perry has vetoed funding for the Public Integrity Unit charged with investigating state elected officials. Perry said he vetoed the unit's $7.5 million two-year budget because the Travis County district attorney in charge of the unit was convicted of drunk driving.

Officials say there is no evidence that a Central Texas prosecutor who was convicted of driving while intoxicated was involved in a hit-and-run accident that happened the same night she was arrested.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested April 12th following a report of a vehicle swerving in traffic. Her blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit for driving. She pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and served about half of a 45-day jail sentence.

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The Travis County sheriff's office had investigated whether Lehmberg had hit another vehicle.

But sheriff's office spokesman Roger Wade tells the Austin American-Statesman Lehmberg's car could not have damaged the other vehicle. The sheriff's office has ended its investigation in the case.

Lehmberg's refusal to step down has stirred controversy.

Gov. Perry wanted her to resign.

Critics, though, accuse Perry of trying to cut funding for investigators looking into the actions of his office.

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