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Report: Grand jury indicts Governor Rick Perry

Report: Grand jury indicts Governor Rick Perry
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POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014 - 4:49pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 1:34pm

A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power and coercion as part of an ethics inquiry into his veto of funding for the state’s public integrity unit.

 

 

The inquiry began last summer after a ethics complaint was filed, alleging that Perry had improperly used a veto to deny funding for the unit, which is housed in the Travis County district attorney’s office and focuses on government corruption and tax fraud.

After District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg pleaded guilty to drunken driving last year, Perry threatened to withhold $7.5 million in funding over two years for the integrity unit if Lehmberg did not resign.

Lehmberg, a Democrat, served a jail sentence but did not resign. Perry made good on his promise and vetoed the state budget’s funding line item for the unit. Though Perry has the authority to veto items in the budget, his critics said that this was done expressly for political purposes and is a crime.

That was the rationale used by Texans for Public Justice, a left-leaning money-in-politics watchdog group that filed the initial complaint last June. The complaint said Perry was guilty of coercion of a public servant, official oppression and abuse of official capacity.

Perry’s office has repeatedly said that his veto was appropriate and that he violated no laws.

The Austin-American Statesman reported in June that Perry would probably not testify before the grand jury, which has been meeting periodically for months, though several staffers from his office and from Travis County testified.

Last August, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted to provide some of the funding to the public integrity unit.

Lehmberg declined to comment.

Terri Langford contributed reporting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/08/15/grand-jury-indicts-perry-abuse-authority/.

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This story broke 3 months ago! You've waited 3 months! And I'm going to keep calling you out on it big brother!

Once again I ask the rhetorical questions; Would KETK have omitted coverage of an Obama indictment for three months? Is this an example of obvious media bias by KETK?

If he wasn't guilty he wouldn't have been indicted.
Headlines scream "Perry Vows to Fight Felony charges."
His lawyer costs taxpayers $450/hr plus dinners.
Perry's costing taxpayers $12M/mo for border security that's not worth a plug nickel.
All so he can look good running for president.
If he loses he says he'll retire in California where he spends a lot of time anyway.
He should retire in prison and pay the money back he's stolen from Texas taxpayers.
Repubs spend your money before their own.

Ah... the political games for president has begun!

Wither any of this goes to trial is moot. The trick is to besmirch Perry so if he runs for President they can dig i t up as dirt.

Thats politics folks. They did the same thing with Bill Clinton but he was way to popular and a little hanky-panky was no biggie, even to Hillary.

Let's see if slick rick's moneyed connections stick by his sorry *** if this goes to trial... as for any future political ambitions, I suspect ol' Rick has only one thing to say...OOPS!

Never cared much for Perry, but I have to agree with him on this one. How can Lehmberg prosecute corrupt politicians when she bought her way out of a DWI conviction, at least that's what I call a 45 day sentence for DWI for someone supposedly held to a higher standard who was almost 3 times over the limit, treated officers like they were beneath her, etc. That's like getting the fox to watch the hen house. I would say the same thing if she was a Republican so don't even start. She is a joke.

Why don't these same Democrat police their own. Like maybe the great deceiver, Obama?

So incredibly overjoyed that smarmy slick rick has been found out to be someone who will do anything, up to and including abuse of power/coercion, and would love nothing more than he be brought to trial, any political ambitions he may have had killed on the spot, and a mug shot of his smirking face and his new clothes... a striped prison two piece number... no white collar resort prison... not for this guy!

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