Charges against Rick Perry dismissed in abuse of power case


Charges against Rick Perry dismissed in abuse of power case
By Sophie Tatum, CNN
Updated 3:52 PM ET, Wed February 24, 2016

Washington (CNN)The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday dismissed charges against Rick Perry that alleged the former Texas governor abused his power while in office.

Perry, a two-time former GOP presidential candidate, was indicted by a grand jury in August 2014 after he first threatened and then carried out a veto that defunded a statewide public integrity unit in an attempt to force a district attorney’s resignation.

The case examined the state’s separation-of-power provision in the Texas Constitution and a governor’s veto power under the “abuse of official capacity” statute. Perry originally faced two indictments, but one was dismissed by a lower court in July.

Perry fought the indictment, claiming that the counts were “unconstitutional.”

“The court’s decision today proves that this indictment was nothing less than a baseless political attack, and an assault on constitutional powers,” he said.

Perry went on to claim the indictment was used to push a political agenda.

“I think the people of this state do not want rogue prosecutors to use the court to get done what they can’t get done at the ballot box,” he said.

Austin and Travis County need to clean out their prosecutor’s office! They keep bringing politically motivated frivolous criminal cases against R officials and getting their @#$ handed to them!


Time to sue them right back. End this kind of political blackmail.


Because this was a criminal action and DA Rosemary Lehmberg worked through the grand jury process, that would probably be difficult and complicated.

Here’s the background of this case, from this article:

The case against the longest-serving governor in Texas history centered on a threat to veto $7.5 million in state funds for the public integrity unit of the Travis County district attorney’s office, and questions about whether he abused his authority — allegations that he called a “baseless political attack.” The unit was charged with investigating and prosecuting state corruption.

After Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested and pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, Perry threatened to veto state funding for the integrity unit unless she first resigned.

Lehmberg remains in office but is not seeking re-election.

This is the same DA’s office (but a different DA) that used faux criminal charges - they did get a conviction, but it was overturned - to force Tom DeLay out of Congress.