It never should have gotten as far as it did.
Today, a Texas judge signed the orders to formally dismiss the abuse of power charges that effectively hindered the presidential ambitions of former Texas governor, Rick Perry.
That doesn’t mean an end to the drama.
Perry’s attorney, Anthony Buzbee, has charged prosecutor, Michael McCrum with improperly pursuing the case. He is seeking the transcript of the grand jury proceedings, in contemplation of taking actions against McCrum.
From MySanAntonio.com, Buzbee stated:
“We feel like Mr. McCrum must have said some things that are probably actionable to that grand jury based on the people that we know testified and the facts as we know them and we’re going to explore that.”
Not to be outdone and while stating that the law doesn’t allow for the release of grand jury transcripts, McCrum countered:
“The law guards the confidentiality of those proceedings very, very much for good reason. Mr. Buzbee should know that. I don’t know – he handles snake bite and car wreck cases.”
The case against Governor Perry was a result of his veto of state funds to the Texas Integrity Unit, headed up by unrepentant drunk, District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, in 2013. Texans for Public Justice, a liberal government watchdog organization, initiated the charges.
Lehmberg was stopped on a Texas highway for erratic driving and for an open container of vodka in her car. Her behavior while in custody was documented on police video, showing her to be abusive and non-compliant with officers. Her blood alcohol level was .239.
Governor Perry was indicted in 2014 of coercion and abuse of power charges following his veto of funds to Lehmberg’s unit. The coercion charges were tossed in 2015.
As it pertained to the remainder of charges:
The opinion by Chief Justice Sharon Keller of the Court of Criminal Appeals put Perry’s complaint in a special category of claims that can be raised before trial. She said the prosecution of a veto violates the constitutional separation of powers among the branches of government.
Governor Perry can now rest easy, but it will be interesting to see if his attorney can exact retribution against the prosecutor in what many felt was nothing short of politically motivated payback.