2016 Presidential Hopeful, Texas Governor Rick Perry Indicted For Abuse Of Power

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Texas Governor, and 2016 Presidential hopeful, Rick Perry has been indicted by a grand jury. Rather ironically, as AP reports, Perry carried out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption, promising publicly to nix $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg (who pled guilty to drunk driving) resigned. He was indicted by an Austin grand jury on felony counts of abuse of official capacity (maximum punishment 5-99 years in prison) and coercion of a public servant (2-10 years in prison). Perry is the first Texas governor indicted since 1917. We have one word... oops!

 

 

As AP reports,

A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption — making the possible 2016 presidential hopeful his state's first indicted governor in nearly a century.

 

A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly to nix $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit run by the office of Travis County Democratic District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. Lehmberg was convicted of drunken driving, but refused Perry's calls to resign.

 

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Perry was indicted on charges of abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony with potential punishments of five to 99 years in prison, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony that carries a punishment of two to 10 years.

 

No one disputes that Perry is allowed to veto measures approved by the Legislature, including part or all of the state budget. But the left-leaning Texans for Public Justice government watchdog group filed an ethics complaint accusing the governor of coercion because he threatened to use his veto before actually doing so in an attempt to pressure Lehmberg to quit.

 

"We're pleased that the grand jury determined that the governor's bullying crossed the line into illegal behavior," said Craig McDonald, executive director of Texans for Public Justice. "The complaint had merit, serious laws were potentially broken."

 

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Perry said Lehmberg, who is based in Austin, should resign after she was arrested and pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013. A video recording made at the jail showed Lehmberg shouting at staffers to call the sheriff, kicking the door of her cell and sticking her tongue out.

 

Lehmberg faced pressure from other high-profile Republicans in addition to Perry to give up her post. Her blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit for driving.

 

Lehmberg served about half of her 45-day jail sentence but stayed in office, despite Perry's assertions that her behavior was inappropriate.

 

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The indictment is the first of its kind since 1917, when James "Pa" Ferguson was indicted on charges stemming from his veto of state funding to the University of Texas in an effort to unseat faculty and staff members he objected to. Ferguson was eventually impeached, then resigned before being convicted, allowing his wife, Miriam "Ma" Ferguson, to take over the governorship.

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That'll teach you not to smile when President Obama visits.

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Fri, 08/15/2014 - 20:09 | 5100403 Kirk2NCC1701
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Why, did he spend "An hour on the tower of power" - Obama style?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 20:37 | 5100519 max2205
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Perry is a dork.

 

And Texas is a giant shithole

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 20:45 | 5100554 Yen Cross
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  Perry is a DORK. It takes  aDORK to save your fucking future!

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 20:48 | 5100565 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Gov Good Hair oh what did you do. Everyone in Austin would indict Perry. This is just more politics as usual here in Texas with the dog and pony show.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 20:53 | 5100582 Publicus
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Abuse of power will get you executed in China.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:16 | 5100661 dryam
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At the federal level you just destroy hard drives after they 'crashed', and everyone moves on like nothing happened.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:28 | 5100697 Chief Wonder Bread
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How'd you like this tuna boat strappin' it on fer yer little ass?              .Rosemary Lemberger.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7y7oJ266qI

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:52 | 5100759 kaiserhoff
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Fuck this.   Where is Barry's treason trial?

Let's get it on.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:37 | 5100875 COSMOS
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Someone here posted a long time ago a clip of Perry trying to intimidate a state trooper who was going to give him a ticket.  Obvious abuse of power there lol.  Guess he kept it going.  He is a prick who feels self entitled to power like any welfare queen feels entitled to her check

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:03 | 5102154 LordEffingtonTh...
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Perry is the governor.  He can pretty much veto anything he wants.  That's why they call these people "governors". 

 

but I know you libtards like it all your way.  Nevermind Obama is probably in on this.  Heck would be surprised if the IRS audits Perry next.  The real reason for this is Perry sending troops to the border.

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 13:58 | 5102522 NihilistZero
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I see we have another of the "Team Red/Team Blue" fucktard club on ZH.  You likely don't understand the meaning of Liberal or how it has been perverted by the Dems, hence your use of the word libtard.  And if you support Perry you believe in the complete debasement of anything truly conservative by the GOP.  Congratulations on "teh sTuPiD" :-)

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:02 | 5102155 LordEffingtonTh...
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Perry is the governor.  He can pretty much veto anything he wants.  That's why they call these people "governors". 

 

but I know you libtards like it all your way.  Nevermind Obama is probably in on this.  Heck would be surprised if the IRS audits Perry next.  The real reason for this is Perry sending troops to the border.

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 08:57 | 5101618 Ayr Rand
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This particular (drunk, belligerent, threatening) woman was clearly not competent to do her job, for at least ethical reasons and almost certainly as a non-functioning alcoholic. While no great fan of Rick Perry, this looks like another case of "In Obama's America, if you do the right thing, you will go to jail." The jailers had to restrain her. See the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxX-qhJTfkI

But her blood alcohol level was only 0.23% (3x the legal limit) which makes her the most sober Obama supporter. As they say, in the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king.

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:02 | 5101720 Pool Shark
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No supporter of Perry, but...

All legislative acts (including vetoes) are inherently 'coercive.' Every time a legislative or executive officer votes or vetoes, he is 'abusing' someone or their interests.

If a governor can be indicted on felony charges merely for exercising his constitutional veto authority in an attempt to 'coerce' an agency by cutting off their funds; then ALL legislative acts could be subject to the same criminal sanctions.

Does this mean Boehner and the House Repugs can be indicted for "Abuse of Power" for voting to cut off funds for Obamacare, since their intention is to deprive Obama of his executive authority?

Just askin'...

 

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 17:49 | 5102930 Supernova Born
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A .23 blood alcohol level is like half a CASE of beer in an hour and then driving.

 

 

 

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:48 | 5101885 jcaz
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True, but she's still a pissed-off DA,  no matter how drunk she is-  Rick lost another dick-measuring contest,  no big surprise.

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:04 | 5102160 LordEffingtonTh...
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This is not coming from the local level any more than the Tom Delay thing did.  This is national level stuff where the true abuse of power lays. Democrats are anything but democratic.

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:04 | 5102161 LordEffingtonTh...
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This is not coming from the local level any more than the Tom Delay thing did.  This is national level stuff where the true abuse of power lays. Democrats are anything but democratic.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:55 | 5100765 SoberOne
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Oops.

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:56 | 5102688 DirkDiggler11
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The one deputy booking her is hot, she could handcuff me and we could play "bad prisoner" anytime ...

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:07 | 5101455 Dugald
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It is encouraging to see that flame of truth and justice is a low but still flickering flame in the USA...feed the flame...

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:47 | 5101057 photonsoflight
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Usually gets you promoted here.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:03 | 5100617 Harbanger
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This is over Perry wanting the National Guard at the border.  Come on, It's obvious.  It's not politics as usual it's chicago style politcs.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:19 | 5100663 BKbroiler
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Chicao style politics, because this is somehow Obama's fault, right? Tying this to the border? It was a local issue.  Jesus what a troll you are.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:30 | 5100706 Harbanger
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Securing the US border and stopping the flood of abandoned children and human trafficing is not a local issue BK.  But don't worry, thanks the complicit maistream News, NOTHING is ever Obamas fault, so you can go back to chewing your cud.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:39 | 5100720 BKbroiler
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but his arrest was a local issue, it had nothing to do with DC. It had nothing to do with the border.  You are a fanatic, ie: someone who wont shut up and won't change the subject.  Why are you so obsessed with Obama?  Did black people pick on you in high school?  Is it penis envy?  Do you wish you had a manly man like Putin to tuck you in at night and protect you from the socialists?...   

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:42 | 5100736 BKbroiler
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Also, I was on this site years before you and the Limbaugh wave of idiots arrived two years ago.  There used to be intelligent people on here.  So don't give me shit about mainstream media, moron.  Your friends can upvote you but they can't make you smarter.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:54 | 5100763 Harbanger
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Here's a star * for being so smart.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:06 | 5100955 eclectic syncretist
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Can't we all just get along?

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6UaRxqleObM

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 09:19 | 5101642 TuPhat
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I think you have broiled too long BK.  This is all about politics and nothing else.  The border thing has a lot to do with it as well as the typical repub-democrat crap.  Perry is nothing but a political jerk.  Obama is a bigger political jerk.  Harbanger is more correct than you are.  I live in Texas and that's the way most Texans will see it.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:59 | 5100776 ACP
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Who is this mythical "Limbaugh" person you speak of?

Every idioso liberal who can't come up with a good argument for their stance brings up this mysterious "Limbaugh".

I'll need to see some proof that he exists, and not some blurry, dark photo taken in the forest --- "See! That's him between those two trees!"

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:07 | 5100797 Ben Ghazi
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"Rush Limbaugh - a weapon of Mass Instruction"

 

 

"Why do they hate him so much - Why?"

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:33 | 5100863 BKbroiler
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because Rush Limbaugh mentioned ZH a few years back and suddenly we became inundated with partisan right wing hacks pretending to be independent.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:41 | 5100887 Ben Ghazi
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Fucktards like you mentioned "Hope and Change" a few years back.

 

 

Now noboby has a job and we are moving "Forward" towards National ruin.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:47 | 5100906 BKbroiler
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Oh I see, we should have elected Mitt Romney, huh?  I'm sure he would have done a bang up job.  Obama was the least worst choice and that's saying a lot.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:55 | 5100916 Ben Ghazi
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Maybe we should have chosen somebody from Kenya instead!

 

 

Wait.........................

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:00 | 5100938 BKbroiler
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Yes, do that birther thing, because choosing Ben Ghazi as your screen name doesn't already paint you as tea partier begging for acceptance on Tyler's blog.  It's ok, you can stay, we like you here.  Good doggie, here's a treat.  A librul to play with. 

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:07 | 5100958 Ben Ghazi
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What is a librul?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:09 | 5100962 BKbroiler
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it's an inside out asshole. pretty on the inside, nasty as fuck on the outside.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:03 | 5100942 Greenskeeper_Carl
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If only there was a consistently libertarian candidate on the ballot. Someone who was anti-war, a strict constitutionalist, pro free market, anti welfare state, pro sound money. That would have been nice, too bad Obama and Romney were the ONLY choices, right? Oh well, maybe next time.

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 21:33 | 5102533 NihilistZero
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Obama was the least worst choice and that's saying a lot.

No.  That would have been Gary Johnson. If you're gonna waste your time voting at least vote for the guy who most likey ISN'T a globalist/fascist/Corpratist shill (ie he doesn't have a D or R by his name).

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 22:54 | 5100923 GooseShtepping Moron
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Actually, Limbaugh mentioned Zero Hedge only about 7 months ago at the most recent, and good for him. An alliance between ZHers and dittoheads would be a benefit to both.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:06 | 5100947 BKbroiler
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Try googling "limbaugh zeorhedge" and this is on the first page.  31 weeks on here?  You are not a unique snowflake.  

on Rush Limbaugh!!!

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:31 | 5101014 runswithscissors
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I can somtimes tolerate "libruls", but this BK is a genuine troll

 

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:52 | 5101483 edotabin
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Check! No other way to explain being on here so long and not being able to break out of the false left/right paradigm.

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:08 | 5101385 NidStyles
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For fucks sake already, go hang yourself. 

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:51 | 5101481 edotabin
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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 21:24 | 5110488 gallistic
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@Goose "Shtepping" Moron,

I would rather have a spike driven through my scrotum than to join you in "an alliance between ZHers and dittoheads".

You do not speak for anyone here but yourself.

Got that, dick?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:11 | 5133136 Crawdaddy
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Maha Rushie is controlled oppo numero uno, keeping the flag wavers in line. Those poor chumps (callers) self select. Constitution is for commie muslim lovers.

When Chuck Hagel and his cfr BOSSES decide the time is ripe, the Rush Limbos of the world will dutifully parrot the words needed to subdue the crowds. If you consider yourself a freeman in the middle of Rush world, ask quetions about Building 7. Don't be surprised about what you find. Getting un-friended by the Limbaugh world is a happy step towards feedom.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 23:04 | 5100950 Freddie
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Hannity is NWO AIPAC stooge and so is Beck. Limbaugh less so. F Tv, Hollywood and most radio.

Getting back to Rick Perry - this is totally about the border.   I am not a huge fan of him but the NWO wants wide open borders.

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