Tony Buzbee, the lead counsel for former Texas Governor Rick Perry’s defense, has been given top honors from the Texas Lawyer magazine, one of the state’s leading legal publications.
Perry is accused of abusing his power for pressing for the resignation of the
town drunk Travis County DA, Rosemary Lehmberg.
Lehmberg was arrested for drunk driving in 2013. Her series of odd and childish actions caught on video while in custody made national news. (See the Drunk Rosemary Lehmberg video at the end of the article.)
The Travis County DA’s office is the most powerful in Texas, housing the Texas Public Integrity Unit.
Rick Perry has one of the most powerful and successful lawyers in the country at his side.
Via the University of Houston Law Center ~ Nov. 5, 2015–
UH Law Center alumnus Tony Buzbee ’97, one of the most successful trial lawyers in the nation, has received top honors from one of the state’s leading legal publications. Texas Lawyer magazine has selected Buzbee as its “2015 Attorney of the Year.”
Buzbee received the award at a banquet held earlier this week. In presenting the professional excellence award, the magazine cited Buzbee’s role as lead counsel in three trials this year that each led to more than $25 million verdicts for clients, including a $159 million award issued by a Houston jury.
“At the same time he has logged those impressive wins, Buzbee has ranked as the top dog on the high-powered criminal defense team for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is battling a charge of abuse of official capacity,” the magazine noted.
“I became a lawyer to give the powerless a voice against the powerful. But, over many years of law practice, I have learned that injustice is blind, and have been called upon to represent those from every walk of life, including the largest corporations. I am truly honored to be chosen as Attorney of the Year by the leading legal publication in Texas. There are more than 25,000 lawyers in Texas, and Texas is known to have the best legal talent in the United States. God willing, I will continue to be someone who stands for those who are wronged,” Buzbee said.
A former Marine Corps infantry officer in the first Gulf War and U.S. operations in Somalia, Buzbee graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. Degree in Psychology before going on to UHLC. He graduated summa cum laude and served as managing editor of the Houston Law Review.
Perry’s defense team led by Buzbee had a recent win.
Texas Third Court of Appeals recently 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 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 Ciroc 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!
Watch the video: