Former Texas Governor Rick Perry Vindicated at Last
Outrageous persecution by politicized Travis County D.A.’s office finally halted by Texas’s highest criminal court.
Yesterday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals — the highest appellate court in Texas with criminal jurisdiction — dismissed felony charges brought against then-governor Rick Perry in August 2014. “Special prosecutor” Michael McCrum finagled a two-count indictment from a Travis County grand jury on the theory that Perry — the longest-serving governor in Texas history — engaged in illegal “coercion of a public servant” and “abuse of official capacity” when he threatened to, and did, veto $7.5 million in state funding for the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, after Travis County D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign in the wake of her highly-publicized drunk-driving arrest, during which she became so belligerent that she had to be restrained, and for which she served a jail sentence — while still in office! The Court of Criminal Appeals’ excellent 6-2 decision, written by Presiding Judge Sharon Keller, has deservedly generated widespread news coverage both locally and nationwide (including today’s Wall Street Journal and elsewhere).
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