Once again, the left turns to lawfare to stop a person they see as a political threat to them. The latest victim is Gov. Rick Perry of Texas.
A Travis County grand jury Friday indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two charges related to his effort last year to force District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after her drunken driving arrest.
Grand jurors charged Perry, 64, with abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony. The first charge carries a punishment of 5-99 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The second charge is punishable by 2-10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
The indictment stems from Perry’s threat last summer to withhold $7.5 million in state money from Lehmberg’s office unless she step down – a threat he later carried out by vetoing an appropriation in the state budget.
Okay, I’m not a lawyer, but two things jump out at me about this story:
- As the famous quote says, you can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. They only hear the prosecutor’s side of the case, the defense never gets to present any evidence to the grand jury. Grand juries have no burden of proof to hand down an indictment, and they are not bound by any of the rules of evidence that apply to trials. Thus, they’re ripe for the Democrat version of lawfare.
- If we’re going to indict politicians for vetoing bills, is Obama next? He’s famously vetoed and promised to veto numerous bills, so why don’t we indict him?
This is clearly a political maneuver designed to take out one of the potential candidates in 2016 that the Democrats are worried about.