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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks after being booked at the Travis County courthouse in Austin, Texas August 19, 2014. Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, turned himself in to authorities for fingerprinting and a mug shot on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. REUTERS/Ashley Landis (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS) - RTR430NJ Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks after being booked at the Travis County courthouse in Austin, Texas August 19, 2014. Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, turned himself in to authorities for fingerprinting and a mug shot on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. REUTERS/Ashley Landis (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS) - RTR430NJ  

Seven Reasons The Case Against Rick Perry Is A Joke

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s felony indictment for not wanting a drunk-driving Democratic district attorney to take millions in taxpayer money to run a new ethics unit is a complete and utter joke.

Let’s break it down. This Democratic-driven comedy of errors — involving George Soros, witness tampering, and a drunk woman kicking a steel door — is about as thin as it gets. Here are ten reasons why it’s ridiculous:

1. He Didn’t Break Any Laws

This is a pretty important one. Perry is charged with two felony counts of abuse of power. But as legal experts have explained, threatening to veto something is not a crime. If it was, President Obama would be doing thirty to life in San Clemente on 54 counts of not repealing Obamacare (and however many counts of manslaughter that effectively adds up to).

2. Democrats on The Grand Jury

At least five of the nine members of the grand jury that indicted Perry are Democratic primary voters including political activist Rho David Chalmers, and participated in Democratic Party political activity while the grand jury proceedings were underway.

3. Drunk Driving Video

The crux of Perry’s “crime” is that he threatened to veto funding to a public ethics unit that would have been headed by Democratic district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was literally twice as drunk as Mel Gibson when she was pulled over for drunk driving in 2013 with an open bottle of vodka in her car. How drunk was Rosemary Lehmberg? She tried to kick a steel prison door while wearing sandals.

4. Witness Tampering

Special prosecutor Mike McCrum, who snagged the Perry indictment, is currently accused of suppressing evidence in a case by telling an important witness not to testify, according to a complaint filed by a district attorney before the Texas Court of Appeals. Hmm. Makes you wonder who filed the original complaint in this Perry case and handed off the ball to McCrum in the first place?

5. George Soros And His Money 

The group Texans for Public Justice filed the complaint against Perry. The group is funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and other progressive foundations, as well. Soros gave this group its first Open Society donation in 2001 to research “how private money influences Texas judicial elections.”

6. Perry’s Not The First Republican Target

Texans for Public Justice previously targeted Republican George W. Bush when he was running for president in 2000 and Rep. Tom DeLay, who ended up getting indicted himself. DeLay called the Perry indictment a “conspiracy.”

7. Dershowitz And Twitter Agree

Liberal Democrat Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said he was “outraged” by the “dangerous” politicization of the legal system on display in the Perry case. The Twitter hashtag #StandWithRickPerry, meanwhile, sprang up as the details of the case were first coming out, and it’s now pretty darn popular.

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