August 19, 2014

Perry Indictment Is Nothing More Than a Political Shenanigan

David Limbaugh: “[A] grand jury indicted [Texas Gov. Rick] Perry on Friday on first-degree felony charges for allegedly abusing his powers by vetoing $7.5 million of funding over two years for the unit run by Texas state prosecutors who investigate public corruption. Perry is also charged with the third-degree felony of coercion of a public servant. … Perry said he believed that [Democratic Travis County District Attorney Rosemary] Lehmberg had lost the public’s trust based on her behavior in connection with a drunken driving charge in 2013 and the manner in which she conducted herself throughout the ordeal. … She ended up pleading guilty to the drunken driving charge in April 2013 and served about half of her 45-day prison sentence, but she refused to resign from her office when released. Though a grand jury indicted Perry for lawfully exercising his veto power, a grand jury investigating Lehmberg determined that she should not be removed from office. Go figure.”

William Murchison: “Two decades ago the same prosecutorial unit whose funding Perry vetoed went after Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, only to lose in disgrace. In Wisconsin, Democrats claim Gov. Scott Walker illegally used staff resources for campaign purposes. In Washington, D. C., Iraq war opponents claimed the scalp of a Dick Cheney aide, who they said (falsely, it turned out) had blown the cover of an undercover CIA agent who was married to a figure at odds with the Bush administration over – oh, forget it. Less and less is justice the purpose of these political prosecutions; more and more, it’s just politics.”

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