- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A judge has rescheduled for Nov. 6 in Austin Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s first court appearance to face abuse-of-power charges.

The Republican originally was to appear at an Oct. 31 pretrial hearing, but Perry attorney Tony Buzbee said the hearing was postponed until Nov. 7.

In an order signed Friday, though, state District Judge Bert Richardson set the hearing for the previous morning.

A Travis County grand jury indicted Perry in August on charges that he abused his official powers and coerced a public servant. The charges arose from his public threat and eventual decision to veto state funding for public corruption prosecutors.

That came after the Democratic district attorney overseeing the unit wouldn’t resign after a drunken-driving conviction.

Perry’s attorneys have challenged the case on constitutional and technical grounds.

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