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Perry grand jury may be winding down

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A grand jury looking into whether Gov. Rick Perry abused his power with a veto threat appears closer to wrapping up after current and former Perry staffers were behind closed doors with the panel Friday.

“It’s getting to the point where we’ll have talked to all the people that we need to talk to. It’s getting closer to that point,” said special prosecutor Michael McCrum, a San Antonio lawyer.

McCrum said he hadn’t talked to Perry, who is considering a second presidential run in 2016. He said two weeks ago that he had no plans at that point to call the governor to testify.

The grand jury next is scheduled to meet July 11.

A member of the Public Utility Commission, Brandy Marty, on Friday entered the room where the grand jury is meeting. Marty is Perry’s former chief of staff and was policy director for his 2010 primary campaign for governor. He named her to the PUC last August.

See here, here, and here for the most recent of my updates. I’ve missed a couple of newer stories, like this one about other Perry aides being called, and this one about Chron reporter Mike Ward, who had broken a story about the Perry/Lehmberg saga while working for the Statesman, being called. Not really much more to add here, since the proceedings are secret. We may know more when the jurors reconvene on July 11.

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