— FOX News Radio (@foxnewsradio) February 24, 2016
Texas court tosses 2nd felony charge against ex-Gov. Perry, clearing him of wrongdoing – AP
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) February 24, 2016
From the Associated Press:
Texas’ highest criminal court tossed the second and final felony charge against former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday, likely ending a case the Republican says helped sink his short-lived 2016 presidential bid.
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.
A lower appeals court dismissed the other charge, coercion by a public servant, in July.
Perry threatened to veto funding for the Public Accountability Office if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was convicted for DWI and appeared out of control in a police video, would not resign. Lehmberg didn’t resign, and Perry followed through with the funding veto.
I'm shocked, SHOCKED I tell you that these charges were thrown out. https://t.co/nVYDvLbqNM
— Scott Radcliffe (@Scott_Radcliffe) February 24, 2016
It was ridiculous, he had every right to cut funding from that drunken attorney. https://t.co/LysOKqYHSs
— Ysidro (@Isidro_Morisco) February 24, 2016
A prosecutor was arrested with a .239 BAC. She threatened the cops who arrested her. Rick Perry got charged instead. https://t.co/rHx6nnIknp
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 24, 2016
Do take a minute and note the dismissal of criminal charges against Rick Perry. The case was an outrageous abuse. https://t.co/uowOXMUTTV
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 24, 2016