Rick Perry Loses As Court Rules That He Must Face Felony Abuse Of Power Charge

Republican Presidential Hopeful Rick Perry Speaks To The Media In New York City

A Texas appeals court tossed one charge against Rick Perry but ruled that he must go to court to face a felony charge of abusing his power while governor.

The Houston Chronicle reported:

The former governor, who is running for the GOP nomination for president, repeatedly failed in efforts get the indictment dismissed by state Judge Bert Richardson. He took his case to the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin.

The 3rd Court agreed with Richardson that it was too early in the case to decide whether the first count against Perry, charging abuse of official capacity, was unconstitutional as applied to the former governor. It is a first-degree felony.

But the appeals court rejected the second count, coercion of a public servant, saying that the law on which it is based violates the First Amendment.

The bigger charge that Perry is facing in terms of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination is the abuse of power charge. In a Republican field that is loaded with scandal-tainted candidates, Perry is the only one who could be headed to trial while Republican voters are selecting their candidate.

At the heart of the case is Perry’s attempt as governor to use his veto power to withhold funding from the Public Integrity Unit in order to force a county district attorney to resign. Perry’s threat and abuse of his veto power has him facing a potential prison term if he is found guilty.

Rick Perry has gone nowhere in the Republican presidential polls, but after losing another appeal, it is clear that the former governor has a better chance of living in prison than in the White House.

34 Replies to “Rick Perry Loses As Court Rules That He Must Face Felony Abuse Of Power Charge”

  1. Ya think his fellow future inmates will be suitably impressed by his Good Hair and Smarmy Glasses, as well?

  2. Do ya think God supports criminals as President. Hit ’em hard! Hey McDonnell, you have a climate coming to keep you company

  3. The cast of characters running for REPUB President becomes more and more weird and dysfunctional as the election process commences.

  4. We’ve already had one idiot ex-governor from Texas for President and we’re still suffering from it. We don’t need another.


    The TEAxASS state sure can pick the LOSERS!
    Raphael, Rickey, Greggey, and Gomer Pyle.

    What a hell hole of a corrupt KOCHSUCKING state.

    Texas – $27 billion deficit

    KOCH backed AG helps hide chemical plant dangers

    Money from Koch interests flows to governor candidate Greg Abbott

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  6. Rick Perry burnt down the governors mansion!!! He should be investigated for his connections to this event. Texas tax payers paid 10,000 a month for his mansion while he was in office!!! This guy is a total pig!!!

  7. He had no chance to be nominated anyway, they are all crooks in my book!

    I have not heard any rethugs shouting about the tea partier that just shot those people in the theater, tea partiers are domestic terrorists, they quickly forgot the two from Bundy’s farm who shot 2 policemen and draped the tea party flag over them!

  8. Running in the Republican Party, Perry’s chances just went up. Remember the Congressman from New York? Got re- elected anyway.

  9. I forgot about the mansion burning.

    Texas had a 11 BILLION shortfall in 2010???

    Texas taxpayers footing big bill for Gov. Rick Perry’s temporary home

    “AUSTIN — With the state facing a budget shortfall of at least $11 billion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent almost $600,000 in public money during the past two years to live in a sprawling rental home in the hills above the capital, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.”

  10. MSNBC could up its ratings with a “Lockup Corrupt Republican Politicians”.


    Who else?

  11. Do you mean Michael Grimm? GOP is felonious. If you mean Grimm, yeah..Staten Island re-elected him..apparently they like felons to hold office.

  12. Andy, the guy and his wife who were convicted..Robt McDonnell and his wife, there is another pair–Virginia.

  13. It ain’t never gonna happen. At least in my lifetime. If I were dishonest and committed a felony…no just was accused of one I would be in jail in an hour.
    But if the impossible does happen and he does go to prison, that is what the Country Club Prisons are for. He will have plenty of dates but in privacy and luxury. Then if his wife comes to visit they can have privacy for him to whine and cry it was Obama’s fault he had to make “his choice” to be dishonest.
    If I could go to one of those I wouldn’t mind a bit. It would improve my living conditions at least 99%.

  14. In actuality Mr. JesusNoloMaster, Ted Kennedy- despite his reprehensible behaviors involving Mary Jo Kopechne, was never a felon. And furthermore- he never ran for President.

    Don’t you fools ever get tired of being wrong?

  15. Perry,?I thought GH jumped the fence and GW was his brother..anyway, get on with the charges try him, sentence him, send to jail or let him go.Enough BS

  16. Ted Kennedy was never a felon.

    Maybe you could be more accurate if your examples were less than 46 years old.

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