Tom DeLay: Prosecutor’s Office Waging “A Vendetta” against Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry

Tom DeLay: Prosecutor’s Office Waging “A Vendetta” against Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry

Austin, Texas District Attorney Abusing Power?

Former House majority leader Tom DeLay has accused the prosecutor’s office of waging “a vendetta” against Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry.  Delay, told Fox News that the abuse of power charges were another example of the “criminalization of politics” and called it a “conspiracy.”

In 2005, Texas Rep. Tom DeLay was indicted in Austin, a heavily partisan Democrat district, on criminal charges of conspiracy to violate election law  in 2002 by a Travis County grand jury after having waived his rights under the statutes of limitations.

While consistently maintaining his innocence, in accordance with Republican Caucus rules, DeLay temporarily resigned from his position as House Majority Leader, and later, after pressure from fellow Republicans, announced that he would not seek to return to the position. He was convicted in January 2011 and sentenced to three years in prison but was free on bail while appealing his conviction. The trial court’s judgment was overturned by the Texas Court of Appeals, an intermediate appellate court, on September 19, 2013, with a ruling that “the evidence in the case was ‘legally insufficient to  sustain DeLay’s convictions'”, and DeLay was formally acquitted.  The cost of this vicious prosecution in terms of dollars to the State of Texas and to Rep. Delay is incalculable, not to mention the loss of  his career and years of his life.

Unfortunately his acquittal came almost 9 years after initially charged and with considerably less media attention.  Delay, a strong conservative, continued to serve after leaving congress by founding a strategic conservative political consulting firm  and a Christian centered  foster care community.  He and his wife have three fostered teenage boys and one grown biological daughter.

Now that same office has made specious accusations against the popular Texas Governor, Rick Perry, who has been mentioned as a potential leading candidate for president in 2016.  The accusations alone make any attempt at fund raising problematic.  Governor Perry made his first court appearance today.

Texas Governor Rick Perry made his first court appearance on Thursday to answer felony abuse of power charges and afterward criticized a special prosecution that has cast a shadow over his possible Republican presidential run in 2016.

Lawyers for Perry asked the court to dismiss the charges, saying special prosecutor Michael McCrum did not properly take the oath for his post. The governor did not address the court during the hearing, which covered procedural matters.

Perry told reporters afterward that he was acting within his legal duties as governor and the special prosecutor was not complying with constitutional and statutory requirements.

“Exercising proper jurisprudence is not a technicality. It is a requirement essential to the rule of law,” Perry said.

In court, special prosecutor McCrum dismissed the defense accusations as groundless and said all proper procedures were followed.

In recent trips to states that have key presidential primaries, Perry has tried to use the criminal proceedings to rally support within the Republican Party by portraying himself as the victim of a partisan prosecution.

Perry has ranked near the bottom of possible candidates among Republicans in support polls but has seen a slight increase in support since the August indictment, which came as he was gaining national attention for attacking the Obama administration over its immigration policies.

The case, however, could scare off major Republican donors in the party who see it causing long-term damage that would make it difficult for Perry to win the presidential race if he is nominated, analysts said.

Perry was indicted by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in heavily Republican Texas, over his veto of funding for a state ethics watchdog that has investigated prominent Texas Republicans. He was charged with abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public official, a third-degree felony.

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You have to watch the videos below of the District Attorney’s arrest to believe it.  Her blood alcohol was 3 times more than the legal limit, enough for many people to pass out, but she was caught driving in that condition.

She was sentenced to prison for this, but refused to resign as the District Attorney.  Governor Perry tried to defund her, and now he has been felony indicted for doing so, by the notoriously political Austin Grand Jury system.

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