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  • Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

    Ouch!

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for 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, which is run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's office. Several top aides to the Republican governor appeared before grand jurors in Austin, including his deputy chief of staff, legislative director and general counsel. Perry himself wasn't called to testify.

    He was indicted by an Austin grand jury on felony counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Maximum punishment on the first charge is five to 99 years in prison. The second is two to 10 years.

    Perry said Lehmberg, who is based in Austin, should resign after she was arrested and plead 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.


    http://news.msn.com/us/texas-perry-i...or-veto-threat

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        Couldn't happen to a more deserving sociopathic slimebag.

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        • #5
          I don't believe it. Perry was baptized in the same waters as Sam Houston, the first elected president of the Republic of Texas. So there!

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          • #6
            Silence is golden.

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            • #7
              They have to wait for the next talking point from FOX.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TailgateNut View Post
                They have to wait for the next talking point from FOX.
                Indeed. Without their programming, conservatives these days are incapable of independent thought.

                Today's right wingers are very Borg-like.

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                • #9
                  Really this is irrelevant. Perry is no longer governor after this year and he is an also ran in 2016. Hopefully it sends a message to other corrupt politicians. He could get jail time.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Obama!

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                    • #11
                      I guess the village in Texas has more than one idiot.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TailgateNut View Post
                        I guess the village in Texas has more than one idiot.
                        several million more.....

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                        • #13
                          Funny. If this were a Democrat you all would be calling it a political witchhunt.

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                            ^

                            And......the FOX talking points are in.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ant1999e View Post
                              Funny. If this were a Democrat you all would be calling it a political witchhunt.
                              Not with a grand jury indictment.

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