Days after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts stemming from allegations that he abused his capacity as governor to coerce a district attorney to resign, Rick Perry is prepared to surrender to authorities Tuesday.
According to CBS News, the Texas Republican will turn himself in by the end of the work day, at which point he will be photographed and fingerprinted. The announcement comes one day after a judge in the case opted against issuing a warrant for Perry’s arrest. His arraignment is set for Friday.
Many commentators — including a large number of Democrats and those who have not supported Perry during his long tenure as governor — are joining his legal team in criticizing the validity of the charges against him. As Western Journalism reported, Perry asked Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to step down after she was arrested for driving under the influence last year. Upon her release from jail, however, she made it clear she intended to remain in her position of authority.
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A subsequent veto of funding for a program Lehmberg headed led some to assert that Perry was targeting her for refusing to resign.
Ben Ginsburg, one of Perry’s attorneys, railed against the pursuit of the charges, which carry a combined maximum sentence of 109 years in prison.
In a CBS interview Tuesday, the lawyer referred to the legal proceedings as “outlandish,” asserting that there is no chance of the abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant charges against his client being upheld after all the facts are presented at trial.
“It is unprecedented,” he said. “It is outside the bounds. I think that’s why you see so many people who are not Rick Perry supporters, who are Democrats, saying how wrong this indictment is.”
In addition to numerous Democrats calling the prosecution faulty, the left-leaning Salon recently published an editorial suggesting that the indictment against him is so “shoddy” and Lehmberg is such an “awful martyr” that the entire prosecution could easily harm the Democrats more than Perry or the GOP.
The driving force behind this pursuit, after all, was Texans for Public Justice, a leftist watchdog group that filed an ethics complaint against Perry.
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