Gov. Rick Perry indicted by grand jury on charges of abuse of power

Gov. Rick Perry indicted by grand jury on charges of abuse of power

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted on two felony counts Friday for abuse of power over a threat to veto prosecutors’ funding. The Associated Press reports:

A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state’s first indicted governor in nearly a century.

A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to nix $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit, which is run by Travis County District Rosemary Lehmberg’s office.

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DA gets arrested for DWI, goes Full Do You Know Who I am.

Governor threatens to veto funding for drunken DA.

Guess who gets indicted?— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 15, 2014

The Texas Observer attempts to track down where the whole lawsuit started.

Like many schemes, it started with vodka. Rosemary Lehmberg had been serving as Travis County DA for a little more than four years when, late on the night of April 12, 2013, she was pulled over near Lake Travis, west of Austin. Police found an open vodka bottle in the car and arrested her. She verbally berated the arresting officers, and she didn’t stop the verbal abuse when she got to jail. Lehmberg was strapped into a restraining chair. Hours after her arrest, she blew a .239, almost three times the legal limit.

Why didn’t Lehmberg resign?

In a word, politics. Lehmberg is a Democrat, and if she stepped down, Rick Perry would be the one to appoint a replacement. Moreover, the Travis County DA — as the prosecutor in the state’s capital — has special responsibilities over a variety of statewide legal issues. Foremost among these powers is the DA’s control of the Public Integrity Unit, which investigates the ethical breaches of state politicians, among a number of other charges.

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count (hic) one: Rich Perry, you are sshuch an asshhole.
count (hic) two: Resh Perry, you are not a good friend.
count (hic) three: (hic)— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) August 15, 2014

count three: party of the firsssht part allegeshes party of the second part…
heee…
"party"…
party of the party
paaaarty
parTAY
(hic)— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) August 15, 2014

count four: no sherious, lishten to me, lishten.
are you lishtening?
okay
wait
i forgot what i was going to say
give me a highball, Sugar— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) August 15, 2014

http://twitter.com/#!/blakehounshell/status/500422455417397248

Perry’s lawyers are confident.

http://twitter.com/#!/kenvogel/status/500423495852257280
http://twitter.com/#!/TheBrandonMorse/status/500426306375671808
http://twitter.com/#!/TheBrandonMorse/status/500427042622808064

 

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/08/15/gov-rick-perry-indicted-by-grand-jury-on-charges-of-abuse-of-power-conservatives-snark/

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