Ooops! Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential hopes may be dashed after he was indicted by a grand jury for using veto powers in an effort to oust Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after her DUI arrest. Here’s the indictment filed against Gov. Rick Perry. He could be facing 109 years in prison for abuse of veto power. Um, I guess this is another ooops moment for the former Republican presidential candidate.
At the center of the issue is a complaint about intimidation stemming from Perry’s threat to veto of $7.5 million in state funding to the Public Integrity Unit run by Lehmberg’s office. The threat came after she pleaded guilty to drunk driving and served a 45-day sentence; Perry called on her to step down but she refused to resign her position. Perry then vetoed the funding for the PIU.
A grand jury was called to determine whether or not Perry broke the law when he threatened to veto the funding. As a result they issued indictments on two felony charges: abuse of official capacity and coercion of public servant. If found guilty on the charges, Perry could be sentenced to a maximum 109 years in prison.
An indictment indicates the grand jury believes the state has a strong enough case to send to trial and is not a finding of guilt. Special prosecutor Michael McCrum oversaw the presentation to the grand jury who has been meeting on and off this summer and returned the indictment Friday afternoon.
“The first count of abuse of official capacity. It basically charges that on the day of the veto in 2013 that Governor Perry intentionally or knowingly misused government property that had come into his custody or control,” McCrum said Friday afternoon.
McCrum told reporters that he plans to meet with Perry’s attorneys on Monday. Perry will have to surrender to the Travis County Jail where he will likely be processed with what’s known as a walk-through booking. He will be fingerprinted and have a mugshot taken. It is not clear yet when the governor may turn himself in. Source: KXAN
The Republican presidential wannabes are dropping like flies. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is currently on trial for corruption (14 counts), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is saddled with a John Doe investigation and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still dealing with Bridgegate. Shouldn’t Rick Perry be forced out of office since he has a felony indictment on his hands?