More Bad News For Rick Perry As Judge Refuses To Throw Out Charges Against Him

perryrick1Once again, there’s more bad news for Rick Perry and his presumed presidential campaign in 2016. For the second time, a judge has refused to toss the case against the former Texas governor. Perry is facing two charges that he abused his power while in office by using his power as governor to try to remove a Texas District Attorney who some people considered to be his political adversary.

This case is an obstacle to another White House bid for the former governor who went down in flames early on in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries after making some embarrassing gaffes, including only being able to name two of the three federal agencies he wanted to get rid of.

A judge on Tuesday rejected former Gov. Rick Perry’s attempt to throw out a two-count indictment against him, saying it’s too early in the case to challenge the constitutionality of the charges.

Perry’s attorneys immediately filed notice that they will appeal the 21-page ruling, which was issued Tuesday afternoon by Bert Richardson, a Republican; the appeals process could take months. The appeal will be considered by the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals.

Perry was indicted on Aug. 15 over allegations he abused the power of his office by threatening to veto funding for the state’s public integrity unit unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who had pleaded guilty to drunken driving, resigned. The public integrity unit, which is charged with investigating and prosecuting state corruption, is housed within the Travis County District Attorney’s office. (Source)

If Rick Perry wants to make another run for the White House in 2016, being under active felony indictments when launching his campaign is not a great way to start, and I’m sure the Republican National Committee would not be pleased at the free political ammunition it would give to Democrats. Granted, with the exception of Jeb Bush, the rest of the presumed field is laughable at best – even with Mitt Romney planning make his third attempt to buy the presidency.

I also find these indictments, along with the possibility of Rick Perry serving jail time to be at least a small measure of poetic justice. The fact that his attorneys are arguing against the constitutionality of the charges brought against him is especially amusing considering that Rick Perry has signed off on the execution of at least one man who may have very well been innocent of murder. In 2004, Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham, who was convicted on hearsay evidence for the deaths of his three daughters in a 1991 house fire. Willingham claimed the fire was an accident and maintained his innocence until his execution, although a prisoner claimed that Willingham had confessed to murdering them during a conversation between the two in jail. Prosecutorial misconduct was suspected in the case, yet despite the evidence showing that Willingham was likely innocent, Rick Perry refused to stay the execution and Cameron Todd Willingham was put to death on February 17th, 2004.

If Rick Perry is indeed found guilty of the two felony charges of abuse of power, he could spend the rest of his life in prison – although the chances of a sentence that severe are unlikely as we witnessed in the recent sentence handed out to former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell.

A grand jury in Austin – a liberal enclave in otherwise largely conservative Texas – indicted Perry. If convicted, the former governor faces a maximum 109 years in prison. Perry calls the matter a political witch hunt and says he would issue the veto again if given the chance. When he was booked and fingerprinted, Perry smirked in his mug shot – then tweeted about going for ice cream. (Source)

While we cannot bring back the people who may have been wrongfully executed under the Rick Perry administration and although it will take years to undo the damage Rick Perry has done to the state, even a couple of years behind bars would still be some small measure of justice. Now if only Bobby Jindal could be the next Republican governor to be indicted.


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  • tracey marie

    The possibility of new charges, unrelated is high. His slush fund, no bid contracts and double dealings are once again being investigated. This is why he tried to shut down the office, they were investigationg his fraud, theft, lies and no bid contracts worth hundreds of millions to cronies

  • David Canoy

    If only someone would scrutinize the Oklahoma state government as closely. But then Mary Fallin has no shot at the white house… ever.

    • David Canoy, you are obviously a loony conspiracy theorist. All loony conspiracy theorists are certifiably insane, failing to distinguish their imagination from reality. They should all be forcibly admitted to a psychiatric ward for observation. They are also despicable people, putting forth their imagination as if it were established fact. This is a violation of the commandment against bearing false witness against one’s neighbor. After all, you cannot be a true witness if you are not even a witness. These people have made this sin a way of life. According to the Apostle John, while a Christian may sin, he does not live in sin. Hence, according to the Apostle John, all such people are not Christians.

      • David Canoy

        Fortunately for me I am not a Christian so the proclamations of the big book of conservative fiction aka the bible does not apply to me. The bible is not the law, I’m willing to fight to keep it that way. Before you get uppity about my pushing atheism, I’m not an atheist I have a religion I just don’t feel the need to share it with or push it on anyone. I keep it to myself. Your religious freedom does not supercede mine. The difference is I seem to understand that, and you clearly don’t.

      • Your logic is atrocious. The fact that you are not a Christian does not in any way, shape, or form imply that the Bible does not apply to you. The fact that you obviously think that it does demonstrates what an abysmal hold you have upon logic. Your illogic also extends to your making bald, unsubstantiated assertions. Since you make such assertions, you are obviously not intelligent enough to know that doing this is a complete waste of time for everyone reading these assertions, including yourself. All such assertions are illegitimate and excluded from any intelligent conversation. Why is that? Because, if we include such assertions, then anyone can assert anything, which inevitably leads to moronic conversations. This is not my mere opinion. This is a well established principle of logical discourse. So, you have not begun to contribute to this discussion.

      • noah vail

        “This is a well established principle of logical discourse.”…LOLOL when in the course of history has there ever been a “logical discourse” on the bible? if logic were used then the religious would have to be able to PROVE the things that the bible commands and not just use the old “you must have faith” argument…as far as i have ever seen “faith” is the biggest bunch of B.S. perpetrated on mankind…the same people that want to tell others how to live don’t really believe or live by the word they seem to think is “divinely inspired”…cherry picking whichever verses fit the agenda of the day is in no way a logical argument…it amuses me to see these people “pray away ( _______)”, fill in your favorite vexation, and then get no response or a negative response and then they seem surprised…and trying to push the holy agenda on others by racist, homophobic, mysogynistic, hate filled “christians” is an excersise, not just in futility, but is comical at best and dangerous at worst…logic and religion do not even belong in the same sentence