Saturday, August 16, 2014

Texas ham sandwiches governor in Grand Jury

It is true! A prosecutor can even get an indictment when a governor acts within his constitutional authority;
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted by a grand jury in Austin on Friday on charges of abuse of power, a possible setback to the Republican governor as he considers a second bid for president.
 That last clause contains the real reason he was indicted, because;
He was accused of improperly withholding money from a state prosecutorial unit because its Democratic district attorney refused to resign after pleading guilty to drunken driving.
The complaint was filed last year by Texans for Public Justice, a liberal watchdog group.
Mr. Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit, which handles political corruption investigations, following the drunken-driving arrest of District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. Travis County includes Austin, the state capital. "The person charged with ultimate responsibility of that unit has lost the public's confidence," he said at the time of his veto.
'At the time of his veto'. Which the Texas Constitution, as does the U.S. Constitution, gives the Executive the power to do. Not to mention that the governor did this publicly, not in some back alley.

We wonder if this prosecutor has fully considered the implications of criminalizing political disputes. Say, his abuse of power.

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