A special prosecutor has been assigned to handle the criminal complaint filed against Governor Rick Perry. District Judge Robert Richardson today appointed San Antonio attorney Michael McCrum as the attorney Pro Tem.

The watchdog group Texans for Public Justice claims Perry abused his power and broke several laws when he threatened to veto funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit. Perry hoped his threat would force Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after her drunk driving arrest and conviction. Lehmberg refused, and Perry ultimately used a line item veto to strip more than $7 million from the unit.

As District Attorney, Lehmberg oversees that department. Texans for Public Justice says Perry used the power of his office in an attempt to coerce the District Attorney’s office. Lehmberg herself has accused Perry of playing politics with his threat. If Lehmberg, who is a Democrat, did step down, Republican Gov. Perry would appoint her replacement.

McCrum is a San Antonio based trial lawyer. According to his website, he has focused on white collar crimes as well as federal and state government investigations. He will lead an investigation into the complaint to determine if there is enough evidence to move forward. His findings could ultimately lead to a trial.