Gov. Perry indictment: when even David Axelrod says it looks weak…

"A prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich"

“A prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict even a ham sandwich”

You might have heard yesterday that a Travis County, Texas, grand jury has indicted Governor Rick Perry for allegedly abusing his powers to try to force the Travis County DA, Rosemary Lehmberg, a convicted drunk driver, to resign.

This is the same “lawfare” strategy that’s been used in recent years to try to destroy the political careers of other Republicans: former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the late Senator Ted Stevens, and Wisconsin Governor Walker. (In Walker’s case, thankfully, it doesn’t seem to have worked.) I’m sure you can think of others.

The idea is to get charges in the media and drag out the “investigation” and court proceedings long enough to do the needed damage. The legal results don’t matter so much as the public traducing of the target. Even if cleared on all counts, the people will have been treated to months of allegations and rumors and denials, all meriting front page treatment, while the exoneration gets mere passing mention. In the mind of a cynical (but perhaps not cynical enough) public, all those charges must indicate the target was doing something wrong, right? We can’t vote for them, now, right?

But it may not work this time. When even one of President Obama’s closest advisers says publicly that the case looks weak, you know they’ve got problems:

“Sketchy” is being nice. It’s an utter BS charge, a perversion of the legal process designed to take down a strong potential 2016 candidate. The Governor was clearly acting within his authority under the Texas constitution, in this case vetoing money for the state’s Public Integrity Unit to force a personnel change: the removal of the convicted drunk driver District Attorney who heads the office.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this gets resolved quickly in Governor Perry’s favor.

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4 Responses to Gov. Perry indictment: when even David Axelrod says it looks weak…

  1. Reblogged this on My Daily Musing and commented:
    This indictment is BS.

  2. Mark says:

    THE DEMOGANGSTERS ARE OUT OF CONTROL. THE INDICTMENT RACKET HAS BECOME THEIR FAVORITE SCAM.

    The drunk Demoganstress that lied to the grand-jury in the Kangaroo court and obtained this bogus indictment against Rick Perry should be immediately disbarred, arrested and herself tried for abuse of power. And sued.

    Also, the Demogangsters are using the indictment racket too much. It has become the easiest racket and their favorite scam. The Demogangsters have framed Tom DeLay, Stevens, Rush, KY Governor, Meacham, etc. etc.

    The indictment racket is too easy. Like they say, you can indict a ham sandwich. The Demogangsters are out of control in using this racket over and over.

    The Republicans must wake up and change the laws to make it harder to indict. This could be done by requiring proof beyond a reasonable doub even for indctmentst, making sure the DA is not a Demogangster himself or obtains approval from a Republican prosecutor before indicting, and to automatically disbar Demogangsters who proceed with indictments without evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, to remove Prosecutorial immunity, and to allow a jury trial of Democratic Prosecutors so they can be disbarred and fined 10 million minimum (and imprisoned) by the civil jury if they obtain indictments without strong evidence of wrong doing or engage in selective prosecution of Republicans.

    Or this racket will continue and Republicans will continue to be framed and terrorized by the INDICTMENT RACKET.

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