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Innocent Before Proven Guilty? The Bizarre Bipartisan Rush to Clear Rick Perry


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Rick Perry, corruption, cover-up, crime, ethics, government, congress, americans, politics, usa, media )

Cal
- 121 days ago - theweek.com
Even if Perry gets off scot-free -- which is far from inevitable -- that shouldn't erase a long history of dubious quid pro quos



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Cheree M. (46)
Friday August 22, 2014, 3:27 am
what a disgrace, just saying.. noted, thanks for sharing.
 

Nancy W. (31)
Friday August 22, 2014, 4:17 am
Figures. Noted. Thank you Cal!
 

Natasha Salgado (578)
Friday August 22, 2014, 6:41 am
Innocent?? So typical...
 

Barbara D. (79)
Friday August 22, 2014, 11:45 am
Don't get any ideas that I love the man, but seriously?? Every person in the U.S. is SUPPOSED to assumed innocent until PROVEN guilty ~ and prior bad acts are not admissible. These are the primary precepts of our entire legal system. Better ten criminals go free, than one innocent man be jailed.
But people, even here on Care2 ~ especially here ~ are like a pack of sharks!
I'm very glad for some people's sakes that we don't try anyone in the court of public opinion.
 

Jinny L. (72)
Friday August 22, 2014, 11:55 am
It doesn't matter what party they are affiliated with.....sleazy politicians support one another. Thanks Cal for sharing.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 22, 2014, 12:38 pm
I agree with Barbara on this one, everyone should be treated as innocent before guilty, or would you prefer the police to shoot first and ask questions later (oh, wait, your already upset about that).
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Friday August 22, 2014, 12:54 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. From the article: ".....it was actually a Republican judge.....who gave the case to special prosecutor....a man who's received support from Democrats and Republicans." May I add that corruption knows no party. Aren't we all in this together---to make sure criminals are brought to justice?
 

Kathleen Mireault (107)
Friday August 22, 2014, 2:12 pm
Noted. What a surprize. Thanks for posting, Cal.
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday August 22, 2014, 2:22 pm
There are three very good reasons why Democrats would come out against this indictment:

First, it really is a very weak charge. He didn't want the head of the public integrity commission to be someone with a criminal record. That sounds like a reasonable use of the veto.

Second, attempts to criminalize decisions made for political or policy-reasons are in the territory of outright breakdown of democracy. We're talking about something one step short of bullets flying over a contested election here. Nobody wants that.

Third, Republicans had been talking about impeaching Obama again, and actually getting some support for it this time. With how weak the case against Perry is, Republicans could probably build a stronger case against Obama. Democrats do not want to set a backfiring precedent that would kill them in November and again in 2016.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday August 22, 2014, 4:23 pm
Noted. I hope he never becomes President of this country.
 

Edith B. (145)
Friday August 22, 2014, 9:50 pm
I have been calling him Tricky Rick, changing it to Slick Rick. He knows how to manage the press.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 1:08 am
Noted.
 

Louise D. (38)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 2:23 am
Of course hypocrisy is nothing new with Rick Perry, yet the charge against him is abuse of power and coercion of a public servant. He claims that his actions were within the law when he threatened to, and ultimately did, veto $7.5 million in funding to the Travis County Public Integrity. He did so because District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign from her position at the TCPI following a DUI conviction.Now the thing was that DA Lehmbery was investigating Rick Perry for corruption and as for his claim of partisan tactics, his entire governorship has been geared towards partisan tactics and there is nothing like being able to handpick the replacement for the person investigating you for corruption. Well, a new bit of information coming from the Dallas Morning News does strips all credibility from Perry’s “defense” of his actions, proving he did indeed abuse his power as Governor of Texas.

It seems that during Perry’s time as governor there have been two other District Attorneys who were convicted of DUI’s, but Perry didn’t push for them to resign. They were both Republicans and were not investigating him for corruption seems to be the issue. It should be remembered that Rick Perry was not the brightest in the 2012 pack and Orange is the new black so it should be interesting how this situation goes.
 

reece C. (29)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 8:06 am
The little creep will walk. The biggest gangsters in the political business always do.
 

Thomas M. (7)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 8:14 am
He may walk and then again................Let the judicial system make the decisions. This is not over until the court(s) decide.
 

Robert B. (58)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 10:03 am
I'm just glad I don't have Perry's nerve in my teeth.
Perry NEEDS to be charged. What he did is wrong! He tried to pressure an elected official to step down for his political gain. This official, by the way, has served a sentence for her drunken driving charge. IF Perry had taken legal steps to recall her, it would have been different. Perry is a self-serving political hack and should be tried for his illegal "strong arm" tactics. Yes he's innocent until proven guilty and because of what he had done, he should be proven innocent or guilty in a court of LAW!
I shudder to think what a country we would have if his ilk got into power in the White House. Talk about nightmares.
 

Ashley heffner (457)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 10:12 am
I like how the Republicans that always go on and on about state's rights and the rule of law, are okay with the fact that Rick Perry POTENTIALLY violated the state law.

I have little doubt that he'll get off scott free whether innocent or not though.
 

Margaret M. F. (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 10:45 am
Thank you for posting this Cal. Another reason as to why I'm not into politics.
 

James Maynard (68)
Monday August 25, 2014, 2:52 pm
The man is guilty, guilty, guilty...
 
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