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Perry responds to indictment, calls it a political 'farce,' vows to defend himself
Fox ^ | August 16, 2014

Posted on 08/17/2014 12:48:27 PM PDT by Red Steel

Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry responded Saturday to the weekend indictment in which he is accused of abusing his power of office, calling it a political “farce” and vowing to explore “every legal avenue” to combat the prosecution.

Perry, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate with potential 2016 aspirations, was indicted Friday for allegedly abusing his power by vowing to veto $7.5 million in state funds for an agency run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, after she pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013 and refused to resign.

Perry vetoed the money after Lehmberg, a Democrat, videotaped acting erratically during her arrest, refused to resign.

“I think Americans and Texans who have seen the video would agree that this is not the type of individual who should be heading up an office that we want to fund,” Perry said during a brief news conference in Texas. “I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand behind my veto … I will explore every legal avenue to expedite this matter and bring it to a swift conclusion. I am confident ... this farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is.”

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“Rick Perry is a friend, he's a man of integrity,” said GOP Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who also appears to have 2016 White House aspirations. “I am proud to stand with Rick Perry. The Texas Constitution gives the governor the power to veto legislation. And a criminal indictment predicated on the exercise of his constitutional authority is, on its face, highly suspect.”

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TOPICS: Front Page News; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: perry; texas

1 posted on 08/17/2014 12:48:27 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel
"Lehmberg, a Democrat"

,Needs to be driven from office into teh slammer along with her coven mate sLow Learner.

2 posted on 08/17/2014 12:55:13 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Red Steel

The same county in Texas screwed Tom DeLay the same way, and DeLay was exhonerated years later on appeal.DeLay was just too hood at being a majority whip in the house.

Now the Dems want to do the same with Perry, because he is an campaign/election threat to the Dems in Iowa and in Texas.

Perry should file a federal civil suite claiming “ malicious prosecution,” and ask for a federal court order to stay the prosecution until after November 2016, or to vacate it entirely.


3 posted on 08/17/2014 12:56:03 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7

It appears Perry will put up an aggressive defense to smash this.


4 posted on 08/17/2014 1:04:58 PM PDT by Red Steel
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5 posted on 08/17/2014 1:05:57 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Red Steel
Texas Dems issue fatwad against Gov. Perry


6 posted on 08/17/2014 1:07:20 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Isn’t there a government rule about that? You get kicked out of school for it. Perhaps she could use a two week suspension. We sure could.


7 posted on 08/17/2014 1:09:09 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We'll know when he's really hit bottom. They'll start referring to him as White.)
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To: Candor7

I still don’t understand how it can be illegal to threaten someone with doing something that is legal. Perry had a legal right to veto, so it does not matter what his motive was. Perry can also have an opinion on public matters. This sounds more like a thought crime, because everyone agrees that he was well within his legal right to execute the veto. Perry was well within his right to advocate that the drunk/DUI lawyer should resign. I don’t see the illegality, unless there is a specific provision that says the reason for the Veto has to be stated, and can only be executed for an enumerated set of specific reasons.


8 posted on 08/17/2014 1:09:09 PM PDT by job
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To: Red Steel

Travis County, democrat, Lone “Star Chamber”.


9 posted on 08/17/2014 1:13:30 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: job; Candor7

Best answer is Slick Willy’s impeachment!!!


10 posted on 08/17/2014 1:19:41 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: job
I don’t see the illegality, unless there is a specific provision that says the reason for the Veto has to be stated, and can only be executed for an enumerated set of specific reasons.

Because there is not any illegality. Everything and everyone is at risk to false charges and can be politicized by Democrats.

To help explain and quote a couple of candid Dems in rare occasions from years gone by:

"The nature of the evidence is irrelevant; it's the seriousness of the charge that matters." and "We just make sh*&#t up" as we go along.

11 posted on 08/17/2014 1:20:26 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel
Lehmberg, a Democrat, videotaped acting erratically

Acting erratically?? She was drunk as a hoot owl and combative...had to be restrained. Blood alcohal level triple legal limit. Erratic, my azz.

12 posted on 08/17/2014 1:22:35 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

More like a fu’qwad.


13 posted on 08/17/2014 1:28:15 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: Red Steel
Perry could well have been the next president of the US. Even if this gets thrown out the dems and the RINO establishment will still use this indictment to try to destroy him politically. The only way Perry will not be destroyed by this is if the DA herself is indicted for abusing her power for the purpose of retribution against Perry's veto. The Grand Jury apparently bears complicity as well.
14 posted on 08/17/2014 1:34:58 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: job; Fred Nerks

The complainants logic and use of the Abuse of Authority Statute is that Perry used his office to abusively pressure Lehmberg into quiting her job. The legitimate gubinatorial veto power is not in question, it was Perry’s alleged public character assassination of Lehmberg that was the cause of the suit.

There needs to be an immediate counter suit brought against the prosecutor and Lehmberg in federal court for malicious prosecution with intent to prevent Perry’s constitutionally protected speech and campaign activity.Perry portrayed the TRUTH about Lemberg. She did herself in and can blame no one but herself.

That federal law suit should be started yesterday with an immediate order to stay the indictment until the federal court can review the case and order otherwise.

Look at the Lehmberg videos April 12 & 13 2013 ( LAST YEAR):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7y7oJ266qI
(439,945 views)

District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s arrest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-bj-BLTRRo

How can Perry be blamed for Lehmberg’s own conduct?


15 posted on 08/17/2014 1:36:35 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7

Under Texas Law, the malicious prosecution suit can be personal.


16 posted on 08/17/2014 1:41:07 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Mouton

Under Texas Law, the malicious prosecution suit can be personal.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I agree, but the Perry’s rights being violated are federal
and the superior jurisdiction of a federal court will bring this frivilous indictment to a dead stop.


17 posted on 08/17/2014 1:53:47 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7
"Delay was exonerated years later on appeal"

Delay's conviction was overturned by the 3rd Court of Appeals, but Lehmberg appealed the 3rd Courts decision to the State Court of Criminal Appeals.

This was probably why Perry was trying to get Lehmberg to resign, so Perry could appoint a replacement who would squash the case. But of course Lehmberg said no so Perry vetoed/cut off funding.

So any way, the State Court of Criminal Appeals has already heard the Delay case(June), but they haven't ruled on it.

18 posted on 08/17/2014 2:01:59 PM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Ben Ficklin

So, it had nothing to do with her being a stool-hugging drunk?

Are there other equally disgraceful public figures in Texas who are being given a pass?


19 posted on 08/17/2014 2:33:52 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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20 posted on 08/17/2014 4:05:25 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: drypowder
The Grand Jury apparently bears complicity as well.

Not as much as you might think. Remember, the Grand Jury sees only what the prosecutor wants them to see, hence the old adage about being able to indict a ham sandwich.

21 posted on 08/18/2014 5:13:09 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Red Steel
Because there is not any illegality. Everything and everyone is at risk to false charges and can be politicized by Democrats. To help explain and quote a couple of candid Dems in rare occasions from years gone by: "The nature of the evidence is irrelevant; it's the seriousness of the charge that matters." and "We just make sh*&#t up" as we go along.

Stalinists lie. ALWAYS

22 posted on 08/18/2014 2:35:23 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (ISIS has started up a slave trade in Iraq. Mission accomplshed, Barack, Mission accomplished.)
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