- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas’ highest criminal court is delaying for two weeks its hearing on whether former Gov. Rick Perry should be prosecuted on felony abuse-of-power charges.

The Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Friday to hold oral arguments on Nov. 18.

The court originally scheduled a hearing 14 days earlier. But Perry attorney David Botsford sought a delay, saying he’d be on a prepaid Italian vacation then.

Perry is accused of using his veto power to try and force the resignation of a Democratic district attorney who was convicted of drunken driving.

A lower court already dismissed a separate coercion charge against Perry.

Perry left office in January and abandoned his second presidential run last month. He partly blamed his criminal case for a campaign marred by disappointing fundraising and polling numbers.

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