Rick Perry quite famously — at least was in Texas — declared that a Travis County grand jury indicted him only for political reasons.
The former governor faced charges of abuse of power and coercion of a public official after a Travis County jury charged him with those two felonies.
Perry would have none of it. He blamed it on Travis County Democrats who comprise the bulk of the voting population in the county where the state’s capital city of Austin is located.
Hey, he had demanded that the district attorney, also a Democrat, resign after she got caught driving drunk. Rosemary Lehmberg didn’t quit. So Perry vetoed money appropriated for her office to run the Public Integrity Unit.
Politics, politics, politics.
So, Perry played the politics game while condemning the indictments that came down.
What happened next might deserve a bit of scrutiny.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today dismissed the remaining indictment against Perry, the one accusing him of abuse of power. He acted within the law when he vetoed the money for the DA’s office, the court said.
Did politics determine that decision? Well, I don’t know.
The state’s highest criminal appellate court comprises all Republicans. The same party to which Perry belongs.
Was the CCA decision to dismiss the indictment as politically motivated as the grand jury’s decision to indict the governor?
Perry said so when the grand jury returned the indictment. He’s not going to say the same thing about his political brethren on the state’s top criminal court.
Still, isn’t it a question worth pondering?