Texas Court Just Gave Former Gov. Rick Perry This HUGE News He’d Been Waiting For

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was cleared of wrongdoing by the state’s highest criminal court Wednesday. The charge related to a veto that he issued in 2013.

“The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed the abuse-of-power charge, which was filed after Perry threatened — and then carried out — a veto of state funding for a group of public corruption prosecutors after the Democratic head of the unit refused to resign,” the Associated Press reported

“The constitution does not purport to impose any restriction on the veto power based on the reason for the veto, and it does not purport to allow any other substantive limitations to be placed on the use of a veto,” said the 6-2 opinion by presiding Judge Sharon Keller. 

Perry was indicted by a Travis County jury in August of 2014 after he vetoed funding for some of the county’s prosecutors in an attempt to force District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office. Lehmberg was arrested in 2013 for drunk driving with a blood alcohol level of .239.

Daschcam and police station videos, which went viral shortly after her arrest, showed Lehmberg lashing out at police and threatening to use her power as district attorney to punish them for arresting her. Police were eventually forced to restrain her and fit her with a Hannibal Lecter-style face mask,” the Federalist reported

Public outrage followed, with Perry then calling for her resignation. Lehmberg refused. At the time, the prosecutor oversaw the Public Accountability Office (PAO), which is charged with rooting out corrupt government officials.

Perry then vetoed $7.5 million in state funding for the PAO. “The person charged with ultimate responsibility of that unit has lost the public’s confidence,” the then-governor said

After being indicted for his threat and then veto of PAO funding, Perry dismissed the charges brought against him in Travis County (which encompasses liberal Austin) as a “political witch hunt.”

The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals found the case against Perry did not pass legal muster. “The governor’s power to exercise a veto may not be circumscribed by the Legislature, by the courts, or by district attorneys,” Judge Keller wrote in her opinion. “When the only act that is being prosecuted is a veto, then the prosecution itself violates separation of powers.”

Tony Buzbee, Perry’s lead lawyer, was pleased with the ruling.

“It was a long time coming. This case should have never be brought, and I’m glad the court put its foot down and ended it,” Buzbee said at Statesman.com. “It is troubling when a non-elected ‘special prosecutor’ can obtain an indictment and then pursue it in front of the very judge that appointed him. I said all along this case was foolishness and would be dismissed.”

h/t: Red State

Texas Gov. Just Made HUGE 2016 Endorsement That Could Boost This Candidate Ahead Of Primary

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz received some very welcome news Tuesday at a time when analysts have started looking askance at the Texas senator’s presidential campaign.

With the Texas primary one week away, Gov. Greg Abbott has endorsed Cruz.

“It is our duty as Texas conservatives to support a leader that we can trust to restore our values,” Abbott said in a video message.

“Unlike far too many in Washington, the Ted Cruz we’ve seen in the Senate is the same Ted Cruz we elected, and he’s the same Ted Cruz I served with when I was attorney general,” Abbott said. “Conservative values are at his core.”

Texas is one of the states voting March 1 in the Super Tuesday balloting. The state’s primary is “a do-or-die moment for a candidate who came out of Iowa just 23 days ago looking like the best bet to be the party’s nominee,” wrote Chris Cillizza in The Washington Post.

“The senator from Texas finished third — behind Trump and Rubio — for the second time in four days,” Cillizza wrote. “He can spin that however he likes, but if you dig inside the Nevada entrance poll there are signs of real problems for Cruz. As in South Carolina, Trump beat Cruz among evangelical voters — this time by a wide 15-point margin. (Cruz and Rubio were essentially tied for second among evangelicals.) And, among those who don’t identify as born-again Christians — six in 10 Nevada Republican caucus-goers — Cruz got swamped by 32 points.”

In an analysis at The Hill, Niall Stanage wrote that Texas is the “only state where there has been significant polling showing him in the lead, and even then, the most recent surveys have him ahead only by single digits.”

“If Cruz prevails in Texas, he will likely need other victories in the Super Tuesday states to position himself as a real challenger to Trump in the latter part of the nominating process,” Stanage wrote.

h/t: TheBlaze

Watch What Happens When Candace Cameron Bure Drops Major Truth Bomb On ‘View’ Co-Hosts

On Thursday, the University of Texas at Austin announced it would allow students eligible for concealed carry licenses to carry weapons on campus.

The panel on The View expressed outrage over this decision, going so far apparently as to attack the state of Texas as a whole.

“I would rather send my kids to New Zealand than to Texas,” began Joy Behar, presumably criticizing the state of Texas for its gun laws. “That’s how strongly I feel about that, I think it’s the most dangerous state.”

Agreeing with her co-host, Sara Haines continued the attack. “Schools should be little islands of safety. It should be a place where you can express yourself and learn and feel safe. Honestly, I was not my best self during those emotional years, the idea that a bunch of those students who are very impressionable at that age. Those are the last people that we should be putting guns in their hands.”

“There’s a rape culture on campuses,” host Raven Symone added. “And then you’re going to put guns in the hands [of the students]. And then you’re going to put alcohol in the hands [of the students]. And then you’re going to blame them [the students] for something without giving them the right education in the first place. That’s unacceptable.”

But host Candace Cameron Bure reminded her colleagues that the world doesn’t operate on best case scenarios and blind idealism. “I’m okay with it. The reason being is so many of the gun free zones are the places that get attacked. And you do wonder if somebody was armed could less people have been killed in these mass shootings,” she said.

“Also, we have to remember that these ‘children,’ they’re actually adults because they have to be 21 years old to be armed, they are concealed weapons,” Bure continued. “They have to go through the background checks; they have to go through the gun safety to be able to carry them. So this isn’t an 18 year old out of the gate.”


h/t: IJReview

Immediately After Texas Legalized Open Carry, Something Widely Unexpected Happened

To open carry, or not to open carry. This controversial issue has been debated by pro-gun advocates and anti-gun groups for years.

When the issue was to be decided by Texas lawmakers, the law was passed. The law, which took effect Jan.1, permits licensed gun owners to publicly display their guns. This decision was expected to cause trepidation and even endanger the public.

A spokesperson for the group Moms Demand Action stated that every mother dreams her child will grow up safe, healthy and happy. Unfortunately, too many American mothers will see their dreams for their children shattered by gun violence.

As for the effect of passing the law in Texas, the outcome has not been as predicted. One fear expressed by the open carry opponents was the idea that people seeing someone carrying a firearm would panic and call law enforcement. In Tarrant County, which includes the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington, there were no such incidents in January.

In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cpl. Tracey Knight, a spokeswoman for the Fort Worth Police Department, said there have been no issues from her department’s perspective. “We do not have anything interesting to report,” Knight said. “Two calls so far, no issues. We have no concerns and we have had no problems.”

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson told the Star-Telegram, “I said before this became law that I thought it was going to be much ado about nothing, but I didn’t know it was going to be this much nothing.”

While Texas has the reputation of being a gun-toting state, the reality is its gun laws are considered to be some of the strictest in the nation. Based on figures from the Texas Department of Public Safety, only 3.4 percent of the state’s 27 million residents currently have a license to carry a weapon.


Newspaper Just Announced Shocking Plan That Could Mean Danger For Local Police

Prior to Beyonce’s “anti-police” Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show performance Sunday night, a Texas newspaper took matters a step further this past weekend.

The San Antonio Observer announced Saturday its plans to publish the names and addresses of every San Antonio police officer after a fatal incident involving one of them.

According to San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus, on Thursday, undercover officers affiliated with the department were following Antronie Scott, 36, who was wanted for several felony warrants.

Upon exiting his vehicle, Scott was reportedly told to show his hands to the officers. He was fatally shot once in the chest after appearing to turn around quickly.

McManus reportedly told the press that the investigation from the department concluded that Scott was not armed during the incident, and was holding a cellphone before he was fatally shot.

The weekly tabloid publicized the department’s actions after publisher Stephanie Zarriello spoke to Fox San Antonio about the incident, claiming that Scott had been “unjustly murdered.” Zarriello went on to say that Scott had been in “a position of surrender” before he was shot and killed by Officer John Lee.

According to KENS 5, in a press conference with the media, Zarriello said, “Like Ku Klux Klansman with hoods, [officers] do everything they can in order to protect their identities for fear of being brought to justice.”

“Just as the names and addresses of sex offenders are publicized in order to protect the public from their wicked behavior, we feel that our community has the right to the exact same level of protection,” said Zarriello.

In a statement sent to Fox San Antonio, the department said: “The San Antonio Police Department is continuing its investigation of the officer involved shooting. We will continue to provide the public with updates into both the criminal and administrative investigations as information becomes available. We are committed to conducting an unbiased and transparent investigation into this matter.”

h/t: Fox News