Rick Perry, Former Gov. of Texas, received great news regarding his charges of abuse of power in the Travis County D.A Rosemary Lehmberg fiasco!
On Friday, the Texas Third Court of Appeals dropped one of the two felony charges he is facing.
The court dismissed the “coercion of a public” servant charge on the grounds that violates his right to free speech under the First Amendment.
Tony Buzbee, Governor Perry’s Lead Counsel, stated:
“This is a clear step towards victory for the rule of law. The only remaining count we believe to be a misdemeanor, and the only issue is whether the governor’s veto – or any veto in the absence of bribery – can ever be illegal. The appeals court made clear that this case was questionable. The remaining charge is hanging by a thread, and we are confident that once it is put before the court, it will be dismissed on its face.”
It all began when the
town drunk Travis County D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg was reported to be driving drunk by a concerned citizen, Mark Weston. He had noticed that she was driving on the shoulder for over a mile before swerving into incoming traffic and called 911.
What happened next was all caught on video and is it horrendous! After being pulled over. Lehmberg was belligerent, insulting, cocky, obnoxious, childish, and physically violent.
Lehmberg kicked doors, spit, tried to throw her weight around, and lied through her teeth. (She told cops she had only had two glasses of wine. Her blood alcohol tested three times the legal limit and she had an open bottle of vodka in her car at the time of arrest.)
She also repeatedly blamed the police for destroying her political career!
It is important to note that Lehmberg is a habitual drinker who, at least before the arrest, consumed huge amounts of alcohol.
Sarah Rumph reported in Breitbart Texas in August 2014 that:
“The investigation into her case also revealed a less-than-flattering picture of her drinking habits. Subpoenaed receipts from Twin Liquors showed her buying 72 bottles of Cirroc vodka–totaling more than 23 gallons–in a 15-month period, and that Lehmberg spread her purchases out among different stores.“
Adam Cahnman points out that is an average of about 4 1/2 bottles per month, is only a record of her credit card purchases at Twin Liquors, and does not include other stores and cash.
Note Lehmberg stated that this was a one time mistake…sorry..but that is obviously a LIE!
We all know that drunk driving is habitual and that someone who drinks that much either never drives drunk, or does it often. She did not just happen to get caught the ONE time she drove drunk.
She could have killed someone. People lose their lives to drunk drivers every day. Just ask Guy and Julie Blasingame. They lost their 16 year old daughter to a drunk driver: 16 Year Old Drunk Driving Victim Still Changing Lives 12 Years Later
While under arrest, Lehmberg had to be restrained with leg irons and strapped to a restraining chair. Officers also had to constrain her with a “spit mask,”.
Did I mention that she is still the Travis county D.A.? That is where Former Texas Governor Rick Perry comes into the picture.
After Lehmberg pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, went to jail for 45 days, and paid a $4,000 fine, she refused to resign.
The Governor, like you and I would, felt this was unacceptable. Perry announced that if Lehmberg did not resign, he would veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit, a power constitutionally granted to the office of Governor.
The PIU is a state-funded division of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office that investigates public corruption.
That is a whole other story! I will let Lana Shadwick tell that one!
On August 15, 2014, a Travis County grand jury indicted Rick Perry for “abuse of official capacity”, (For threatening to veto $7.5 million in funding for the Public Integrity Unit) and “coercion of a public servant”, (For seeking the resignation of Lehmberg).
The charge that was dropped as un-Constitutional was the coercion charge. The court made it clear that it was Rick Perry’s 1st Amendment right to call for a resignation.
The charge that was not dropped against Rick Perry was the abuse charge. Tony Buzbee believes that charge is “hanging by a thread”, and so do I! We shall see!
You do not want to miss this video showing Lehmberg’s abhorrent behavior while under arrest: