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Judge Jeanine: Perry indictment is ‘pure, unadulterated hogwash’ — and here’s why

Bringing to bear a career as a prosecutor and judge – and a cynical understanding of partisan politics in Texas – Judge Jeanine Pirro tore apart a grand jury indictment against Texas Gov. Rick Perry as “pure, unadulterated hogwash.”

judgejeanine0817newPirro, a former county prosecutor, elected district attorney and judge, knows the grand jury process.

“I have empaneled grand juries, instructed grand juries and ruled on grand jury actions,” she said. “Nothing about this indictment makes sense.”

Without getting into the weeds too far, Perry was indicted on a charge of “abuse of power” for vetoing funding for the Travis County public integrity unit. The head of that unit, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, was convicted of drunk driving in 2013 and served 45 days in jail.

Perry had vowed to veto funding for the public integrity unit if Lehmberg refused to step down. When she didn’t, he followed through and the grand jury investigation was launched.

Pirro was openly mocking.

“Every time a governor vetoes funding will he or she be subject to an investigation or indictment because people complain it was political?” she asked.

It would be funny if it weren’t part of a pattern. As Pirro notes, Perry is a Republican governor, now being hit with a grand jury indictment. At the same time, two other Republican govornors with national profiles, Chris Christie in New Jersey and Scott Walker in Wisconsin, are also being dogged by investigations with clearly political overtones.

Judge Jeanine isn’t buying it and neither should you. Check out her “opening argument” here.


Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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