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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Judge Rules Against Rick Perry: Criminal Case to Proceed


A state district court judge in Austin, Texas ruled against the motion put forward on behalf of Texas Governor Rick Perry. The judge refused to throw out the criminal charges against Texas’ longest serving governor and said the case can move forward. Perry’s legal team attempted to get the charges thrown out with claims the special prosecutor had not been properly appointed to the case.

Senior District Judge Bert Richardson ruled, “This court concludes that Mr. McCrum’s authority was not voided by the procedural irregularities in how and when the oath of office … was administered,” according to an article in the Austin American Statesman Tuesday afternoon.

The judge claimed Perry’s legal team waited too long to bring forward their objection to Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor assigned to handle Perry’s prosecution. McCrum was sworn in as a special prosecutor over a year ago.

The judge is still considering another motion from the defense team about the constitutionality of state laws and the improper criminalization of politics and limiting gubernatorial power. The judge is not expected to rule in that case for several weeks.

Breitbart Texas previously reported about the political nature of the charges against Gov. Perry. In August, Sarah Rumpf reported that Gov. Perry had been indicted because of his attempt to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office after she was arrested for drunk driving and the subsequent abhorrent behavior by the District Attorney during the booking process. Perry threatened to veto the $7.5 million funding authorization for the Public Integrity Unit housed in the District Attorney’s Office if she did not resign. She refused to step down and Gov. Perry lived up to his word and exercised his line-item veto authority granted to him by the Texas Constitution.

After Perry’s first court hearing on November 6th, he restated his belief in his proper use of authority by saying, “I would make that veto again.”

The next ruling from the judge is expected in the next few weeks.

Bob Price is a senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.

Judge Rules Against Rick Perry: Criminal Case to Proceed
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT


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