Rick Perry Could Be Facing 109 Years In Prison After Being Indicted For Abuse Of Power

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry could be facing 109 years in prison after being indicted by a grand jury for abuse of power.

According to KXAN:

A grand jury has handed up an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry in connection with the investigation into an effort to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign.

At the center of the issue is a complaint about intimidation stemming from Perry’s threat to veto of $3.7 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.

Instead of worrying about a potential 2016 presidential campaign, Perry better start thinking about avoiding prison. Unlike Chris Christie, Rick Perry was engaging in an obvious and overt abuse of power. In April, PoliticusUSA reported that Perry was the focus of a criminal investigation. Gov. Perry abused his power by trying to pressure another elected official to resign. He crossed the line when he withheld funding for the state’s Public Integrity Unit.

The potential 2016 Republican candidates are dropping like flies. Scott Walker is saddled with the John Doe investigation. Chris Christie has Bridgegate, but Rick Perry is the only one of the three to go the full Bob McDonnell route and face criminal charges. (Criminal charges against Walker and Christie have not been filed yet.)

Rick Perry’s Twitter account responded to the indictment by asking for money to help elect Republican candidates:

Republican gets indicted, and he responded with a plea for money to help elect more Republican leaders who are just like him. Rick Perry is officially toast. He may still try to run for president as long as he isn’t in prison, or a convicted felon by 2016, but Perry career is officially over.

Gov. Perry may soon be trading in his smart boy glasses for an orange jumpsuit.

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94 Replies to “Rick Perry Could Be Facing 109 Years In Prison After Being Indicted For Abuse Of Power”

  1. Texas just keeps providing entertainment. If the state is running a deficit, they ought to contact HBO and see if they can’t do a Texas soap opera show based on the real time stupidity of their politicians. Perry could play the part of himself.

  2. You can take the glasses off now Governor Perry. Looks like there ain’t gonna be no Presidential run in your future.

  3. oops….

    of course the rw fascist media will claim its all obamas fault, and benghazi, f&f, irs, blah blah blah…..

    this kills him for 16, and his dog and pony show on the border for publicity is now kaput too. perry better hold off on that la hoya mansion in calif hes buying….

  4. Mark Twain pegged the current GOP:
    “Anger/Hatred does more harm to the vessel in which it is stored…than any on which it’s poured”

    All their *viciousness* is returning to them. While they keep attempting to weaken our sitting President, which only weakens America!

  5. He SHOULD be getting his ass kicked for stopping or slowing replacement inspectors which allowed the explosions in West, Texas to occur. Bush and Perry both have put the brakes on EPA doing its job properly by cutting jobs in the inspector side.

  6. 3 things…

    get dentures now…

    be careful where you drop your soap…

    maple syrup will have a whole different meaning…

    oh yeah… choose carefully… you won’t be able to shoot coyotes in the joint…

  7. I wonder what Perry’s distant relative, Sam Houston, would think of all of this?

    How did the state that gave us LBJ, Barbara Jordan, and Ann Richards end up with GWB and Rick Perry?

    I seriously hope Perry goes the same way as his pal, Tom Delay….TO JAIL!

  8. Governor Rick Perry of Texas will soon be having someone saddling up his “little pony” for him (I heard somewhere that he does not know how to do this kind of a “manly-thing” by himself because it “really does scare the piss out of him”). And then he will mount up and be heading straight across the river and down deep into Mexico to “escape” the people who are now persecuting him in his very own country (U.S.A.). Look for the wanted posters soon. In my opinion. The questions are: What color (ten gallon) hat will he be wearing (black or white)? Will he seek refugee status in Mexico or Central America? If and when he makes a run for the border.

  9. But according to the internet, he was a hero for shunning the president. And now he’s a scumbag criminal. How quickly his own people turn on him. Must be their way of handling things – run when there’s trouble.

  10. You gotta love it. The Democrat Travis County DA is a convicted drunk driver (3 times the legal limit), and Perry is the bad guy here? Would she have had to kill a kid before Democrats would demand she be thrown out of office? Y’all are filth.

  11. No one is excusing her behavior dumbass. But to try to use your office to get your way, well I would even think a teadadist such as yourself would find that unbecoming. BTW why does Texas have no water?

  12. looks like the GOP has some explaining to do.Remember they all went after the President for not doing his job;looks like they were busy doing something else.

  13. I replied negatively because of the acronym then tried to retract. Sorry. This couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  14. I love your lack of education. Being caught drunk driving is no excuse to try and get someone thrown from office. Or are you just reading the parts your allowed to read?

    Abuse of political power. Not drunk driving. Education. Being free to read what you want to read. All things you should learn about

  15. One reason Perry defunded the PIU was because his buddy Jerald Cobb was being investigated for awarding an $11 million grant to a Dallas biotech firm without properly vetting the company. Ms. Lehmberg was overseeing the investigation. Cobb was indicted in Dec. 2013. Perry had the right to veto the funding. That’s not why he was indicted. He was indicted because he threatened to defund the agency if Ms. Lehmberg didn’t resign, and when she didn’t, he acted on the threat. Another issue here is why he defunded only the Travis CO PIU and not any others. This indicates to me that Travis CO’s PIU was targeted and the targeting was personal for Perry because he couldn’t force Ms. Lehmberg to resign so he could replace her with a GOPTPer. Perry wanted Ms. Lehmberg removed from office in the hopes that his handpicked GOPTP prosecutor would drop the charges against Cobb.
    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20131206-ex-official-indicted-over-11-million-texas-cancer-fund-grant.ece

  16. Oh please. He’s not going to jail. He’s Rich and Republican, and there are appeals courts. And on some off chance he DOES go to jail, there will probably be a Republican in the White House to pardon him. Or “commute” his sentence to zero to not get such a big political advantage.

  17. And another one bites the dust!

    Although, guys, we should hold off on the celebrations here. Remember, there’s still a chance that the slimeball here can get off the hook.

  18. If the office in question involves public integrity, the answer is yes. Perry had every right to use the threat of a veto to convince the D.A. to resign.

  19. Perry is required to turn himself in to the Travis County Jail to be booked, fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken. That alone is priceless.

  20. I wish reporters would start adding the following information to this story: Rick Perry is spending state money on his legal defense, and attorney general Greg Abbott (Perry’s heir apparent who’s running for governor of Texas this year) refuses to discuss it.

  21. I am very happy that other dumb ass Republican fall as flies do, lets vote to send him to Arizona with Sheriff Arpaio’s Jail, They are close friends.

  22. Wasn’t Sarah Palin charged with abuse of power too? What’s with these people, give them a little Authority, and they think they’re god!

  23. And I love how you try to denigrate somebody on their supposed lack of education when you don’t understand the simple use of your vs. you’re…. lol

    She’s in charge of the PIU and serves for 45 days in jail and won’t resign?? Are you kidding me? Where’s the personal integrity at? smh

  24. Yeah, Perry is the bad guy here, you moron. The DA took her medicine “like a man”, far more than you could ever say for Perry.

    Fact is, it doesn’t matter what the DA did. That actually has zero bearing on what Perry did. The reasons WHY Perry committed two felonies are not pertinent to this at all. All that matters is, did he or did he not commit the two felonies, and it’s already a matter of public record that indeed he did.

    He’s toast. Oh, and let me point out, far, far more Leftie legislators who get themselves in a bind actually resign. Ask Vitter in Louisiana what brand of diapers he prefers while he’s in D.C. sitting in the halls of Congress.

  25. Phooey,

    Perfectamundo! GoodHair can grow a Frito Bandito mustache, get some of those artillery belts that criss-cross across his chest and a burro – run amok in the mountains of Mexico, where he will be promptly caught and imprisoned in one of those fine prisons where you eat if your food is brought to you daily from the outside. Maybe Gomer will be the delivery boy or Greg Abbott can be cellmate, who will be unemployed come December; Dewhurst can join them.

    In the words of pRick: Adios, Mofos!

  26. Do you have any idea of how stupid you sound? There is no abuse of power here. No crime was committed by Gov. Perry. This charge will be laughed out of court.

  27. Really? After a grand jury reviewed the matter, in Texas I might add, and said there was enough evidence to convict?

    And all we have is your word nothing happened?

  28. Personal integrity went out the window when David Vittor was busted for using prostitutes and wearing diapers, and kept his job.

    Nice catch, but at least I keep up on current events

  29. Molly Ivins must be smiling right about now. She tried to warn us about both ‘Shrub’ and Gov. Goodhair!

  30. Strangely enough, i somewhat agree. Drunk driving is a horrible thing and a public servant that engages in it has no business being a public servant. So she SHOULD of resigned. That being said, it was an abuse of power for him to cut off funding to try and force it. The people who need that funding didn’t drunk drive.

    So yes, he was right to try to get her to resign, he was wrong in the way he went about it.

  31. He tried to get her to resign for political reasons, he just used the drunk driving as amoral diversion. She was pressing charges against a friend of his. Her being drunk had nothing to do with what he was doing

  32. wife beater but, he get to keep his 199,000 a year??? WoW must be nice to be a rethug,You never really pay for any wrong done.

  33. I’m so disappointed! I was looking forward to another series of hilarious “oops-filled” presidential primary debates.
    Oh well, we’ll still have Paul, Cruz, Huckabee,etc, etc,…….

  34. Apparently Rick hasn’t gotten any smarter in the last few years. Claiming ignorance of the law is not a good defense. Perry could claim he was just trying to protect the good tax pay’n citizens of Texas. He was not really trying to abuse his power as governor by intimidation and “coercion of a public servant.” I wonder if it will get to trial? Perry was never going to be the nominee for the GOP anyway. There’s no cure for stupid.

  35. Five slices of ham and two slices of bread facing multiple felony counts! Mustard may be implicated!

    Talk to enough lawyers and eventually you’ll hear the (supposed) truism that a decent prosecutor can persuade a grand jury to *indict a ham sandwich*.

    Let’s see…local politics says not many wanted Lehmberg to stay on as DA after her DUI conviction, but Democrats didn’t want to risk a Republican appointee so they continued to support Lehmberg. (Stupid move by Dems, but that’s another post.)
    Watch the videos of Lehmberg’s arrest. She doesn’t exactly come across as a DA worthy of prosecuting government corruption while she herself attempted to use her position and connections to talk her way out of the charges when arrested.

    Trick question:

    What are the limits on a veto (or line item veto for a Texas Governor)? When is a veto or line item veto ILLEGAL to use?

    Answer:

    The head executive (Governor or President) can use the veto for ANY reason.

    cont.

  36. IOW…veto power is plenary.

    From a PR standpoint…

    Lehmberg will now get national exposure…and she won’t be the one seen as the sympathetic figure. Perry will.
    Sorry, but there isn’t enough here to make Perry look like the bad guy and this COULD backfire terribly. The public will see a morally righteous Governor trying to remove a DA that was no longer fit to serve and should have had the good sense to resign.

    The more national attention this gets, the worse this is going to look for Democrats. And if Perry plays his cards right, he could ride this all the way to….
    well, we’ll wait and see.

    Geez, first Lewis with his bright idea about martial law, now this?

    There’s a few Dem strategists that need replacing.

  37. Do you even know the reason why Rep Lewis called for martial law? If Perry play his cards right he can ride this to….. Are you related to Bill Krystal? Because you like him has not been right about anything. Morally righteous governor. You got jokes this morning

  38. The problem is, Conservatives are “Authoritarian”.

    You live your lives either fearing or loving power, depending on who has it.

    And if one of your Faction has it, you want to grovel and let them do whatever they wish.

    Well, as you guys have been quoting lately, America is a “Nation of Laws”.

    Perry had no authority to use a Veto to force someone to Resign.

    That’s best left up to the People; it’s why we have Elections and Courts.

    Democrats have an old tradition in these matters.

    When somebody screws up, we take them down to the local bus station, shout “Hey, is that the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Van?”, and throw them under the Bus.

    It works surprisingly well.

    It’s customary to file a Civil Suit challenging an officeholder’s competency, but Perry threatened to veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit.

    He’s been indicted by a Grand Jury.

    Now, Tom Delay did FAR worse in money laundering, and it being Texas, got off.

    Perry w…

  39. Veto power is plenary?

    Ah, no… if any Executive is challenged on using Veto power for, say, self-enrichment, he’s vulnerable to a Civil Suit.

    Imagine that President Obama had investments in, say, Nevada, and vetoed a Bill that would negatively impact the value of his holdings.

    Do you think for a SECOND he wouldn’t be sued for it?

  40. Well….if there is ever going to be another Beverly Hillbillies movie made….Perry definitely has a shot at playing the part of Jethro Bodine. Actually, he doesn’t have to work at playing that role, he pretty much lives it.

  41. Reply to William Carr at 11:26 am

    Veto power is plenary?

    Ah, no… if any Executive is challenged on using Veto power for, say, self-enrichment, he’s vulnerable to a Civil Suit.
    ~~~~~~~~~~

    Well we could argue about how absolute veto power is or we can just recognize the fact that Perry is essentially being indicted for his use of constitutional power to veto an appropriations item.
    Most people seem to recognize that he has legitimate and lawful power in this regard. It seems – from what I’ve read- where the problem comes in is having announced (or threatened, mon Dieu!) to do it in ADVANCE. That’s the one and only determining factor and it doesn’t make for a particularly compelling criminal charge.

    The indictment could easily get tossed and Perry will be out bragging about standing up to corruption in every stump speech.

  42. When the facts come out he was trying to protect a group who got money from the government for Cancer
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    We’re talking about your average voter many of whom can’t even name the VP of the United States.

    How many details of this story are going to trickle into the public consciousness?

    Sure…some people will hear the word *indictment* every time they hear Perry’s name and automatically conclude he’s guilty. of something. But those videos of Lehmbergs arrest are now going to get an awful lot of attention ( in all honesty, I would have thought Dems would have preferred not to present her to the nation as a face of the D party, but whatever) and she comes across as a public servant that’s attempting to throw her weight around.
    Perry will be seen as being morally right and correct in trying to force her from office.

  43. Dream on, Charlie.

    Your understanding of public relations, especially in terms of Rick Perry, is severely lacking. Nationwide, he’s a divisive figure that is unlikely to gain widespread support. People in other parts of the country who love him will continue to do so. Those who don’t will do the same. And considering how the GOP’s ability at national messaging has deteriorated significantly over the last decade, what you’re suggesting is even less likely.

    As is usual with conservatives, you are confusing what is legal with what is moral. They are not always the same. Sure, Lehmberg broke the law. She was tried and convicted. However, no matter how much moral ground Perry felt in his actions against her department, he may have broken the law as well.

  44. Reply to djchefron at 11:08 am

    Do you even know the reason why Rep Lewis called for martial law?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I told you I don’t care what the *reason* was.
    Just uttering the words and bringing up the idea was stupid.

    Did you read how Ron Johnson (smart man, VERY smart man) handled security in Ferguson? The exact opposite way than what Lewis was calling for -thank goodness.

  45. I most vehemently disagree with your assesment of the American public

    When they say guilty as charged, Lehmbergs will be out of the public perception

  46. he’s a divisive figure that is unlikely to gain widespread support
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Don’t bet the farm on it.
    .
    .
    you are confusing what is legal with what is moral
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    As I stated above, the indictment so far appears weak. Very weak.
    I’m not even a Perry supporter but I believe the jailing of a top prosecutor raises a legitimate question of her competence to continue in office and I think Perry had every right to call for her resignation. Perry decided to use the one means that he could to try to push her to resign, and
    then announced his intentions as a public commitment to a public scandal AND carried through. By doing that, he separated himself from elite bureaucrats. A helluva populist position to take and it could well work to his benefit.
    .
    .
    the GOP’s ability at national messaging has deteriorated significantly
    ~~~~~~~~~
    I agree with that part.

    So…we’ll see.

  47. We can only hope….I wonder how Perry and company will try to turn this indictment into a fund-raising opportunity.

  48. So she makes a mistake and since she is a Dem off with her head. Republicans no matter what they do, claim the baby jeebus and all is well. Gotcha

  49. If I’m the prosecutor I like my case. The evidence is all there, plain to see what the actions were. Not much dispute about those things happening.
    Team Perry can only howl and complain about being victims in some kind of evil plot by the Democrats to besmirch them. And if any laws were accidentally broken it was for the good of mankind and possibly sanctioned by God. That’s no crime. It’s a gambit on the old “Iran-Contra Defense”. No, not the one where you keep saying “I don’t recall that”. The Ollie North one. You still get convicted but you become a hero and get big money on the rubber chicken circuit. Plus it’s in Texas and everybody talks tough in Texas.

  50. We the people of Texas are footing the bill, $450/hr. The other criminal, our attn. gen., Greg Abbott (who is hoping to replace Perry)will not rule on whether or not this is legal and the attn.gen. hopeful, Ken Paxton, is also under criminal investigation.

  51. Little Shrub was arrested for at least one DWI, maybe more, so perhaps the DWI excuse may not be a wise move on Perry’s part!

  52. You should all see the RW trolls on Joaquin Castro’s facebook page. The RW response to Slick Rick’s indictment is hilarious. They just took a page out of Mitch McTurtle’s playbook which is, “When worse comes to worst, JUST BASH OBAMA.”

  53. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry could be facing 109 years in prison after being indicted by a grand jury for abuse of power.”

    Tom DeLay never spent a night in prison. Nor will Rick Perry. It’s Texas, after all.

  54. not just texas, the entire rightwing horde and their GOPTP leaders have provided laugh after laugh this summer. great stuff!!!

  55. A 109 years am I disappointed not enough perry and those other tea party bums are trying to ruin the country with greed,predjudise and only carrying for there interest what would be the worst thing ever if perry was elected president!

  56. I live in Florida, and here too we are saddled with a corrupt Republican governor named Rick. Our guy, Rick Scott, perpetrated the biggest Medicare fraud in American history, but he was so filthy rich he got off. My dream is to see this criminal hauled of to jail in handcuffs. You Texans are so lucky that your demon Rick has been brought to justice! Maybe the two Ricks can share a jail cell together for the next hundred years!

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