Friday, January 30, 2015

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry: His lawyers have failed to to block the felony abuse-of-power charges against him on constitutional grounds; The Associated Press. (The charges are not related to his actions as governor related to the wrongful execution of Cameron Todd Willingham on discredited arson-murder charges. ((They should be!)); HL);

 STORY: "Criminal case against former Texas gov moves forward," by Associated Press reporter Will Weissert, published on January 27, 2015.

 GIST:  "A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that criminal charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate should stand.........Perry was indicted in August on charges of abuse of official power and coercion of a public servant. He is accused of publicly threatening — then making good on — the veto of $7.5 million in state funding for a public corruption division within the office of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. That came after Lehmberg, a Democrat whose county includes Austin, rebuffed Perry's calls to resign following her drunken driving conviction. Texans for Public Justice, a, Austin, left-leaning watchdog group, raised concerns that helped spark the criminal case. The group's executive director, Craig McDonald, released a statement Tuesday saying, "The prosecutor and a grand jury have said there's compelling evidence against Perry. That evidence should be presented in court for all to see. The chances of that happening improved today.".........The special prosecutor assigned to the case, San Antonio attorney Michael McCrum, has said from the start that the case is stronger than it may outwardly appear, and that it should be heard by a jury.""

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