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Contempt case reopened against Perry prosecutor

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AUSTIN, Texas – The special prosecutor handling the felony indictment against Gov. Rick Perry is himself facing legal trouble after a court ruling cleared the way for a criminal case to be filed against him.

In January, prosecutors in Bexar County filed a contempt-of-court motion against Michael McCrum, but the case was halted because it was filed after deadline. An opinion this week by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals renewed the case.

McCrum is accused of telling a witness in a manslaughter trial to "get lost for a while" to hinder her being called to testify.

If convicted, McCrum faces a maximum six months in jail.

The special prosecutor is leading the case that saw an Austin grand jury last month indict Perry on two counts related to abuse of official power.