According to CBS and AP: A Texas judge says he plans to have a special prosecutor review allegations that Governor Rick Perry abused the powers of his office and broke the law in a feud with the DA whose most high-profile case had been the prosecution of convicted GOP money launderer Tom DeLay.
Perry’s office (of course) denies any wrongdoing.
But the facts show that Perry publicly stated he would eliminate $3.7 million in annual state funding if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a drunk-driving conviction.
She didn’t. And Perry carried out his threat, ironically cutting funding for state public corruption investigators. All of which amounts to, according to Texans for Public Justice, a violation of Texas laws governing coercion of a public servant, bribery, abuse of official capacity and official oppression.