AUSTIN (August 19, 2013)--A state judge appointed San Antonio attorney Mike McCrum Monday as a special prosecutor to investigate an ethics complaint against Gov. Rick Perry.
District Judge Robert Richardson announced Monday that McCrum would look into a complaint filed by Texans for Public Justice against the governor.
The watchdog group says Perry abused his power when he threatened to cut funding to the Public Integrity Unit if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg didn't resign after she pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.
The Travis County DA’s office houses the unit.
Lehmberg rejected Perry's demand, so he cut off funding to the part of her office responsible for investigating state elected officials.
The unit was considering a case involving Perry appointees at the time.
McCrum, a criminal defense attorney, will determine if Perry's threat and veto violated any state laws.