August 16, 2014

Texas Democrats & Criminal Drunkard Rosemary Lehmberg use Lawfare against Gov. Rick Perry [Darleen Click]

This ugly-to-the-bone female, a District Attorney who heads, of all things, the Public Integrity Unit is a town drunk by any measure —

In April 2013, Lehmberg was arrested after a witness called 911, describing her as driving erratically, swerving back and forth into the bike lane, and into oncoming traffic. Officers at the scene reportedly found an open bottle of vodka in her car, and a blood sample obtained later that evening purportedly showed a blood alcohol level of 0.239—almost three times the legal limit—even that many hours later.

Not only did her arrest attracted headlines, but her belligerent behavior after she was brought to the police station—all captured on video tape—drew attention, as well. Lehmberg is seen blaming the police for destroying her political career, yelling and insulting them; demanding that they call Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton; sticking out her tongue; making faces; kicking at the door to her cell; and eventually getting restrained with leg irons, being strapped to a chair and wearing what is commonly referred to as a “spit mask,” which is usually used when a detainee is spitting or biting. […]

The investigation into her case also revealed a less-than-flattering picture of her drinking habits. Subpoenaed receipts from Twin Liquors showed her buying 72 bottles of Cirroc vodka—totaling more than 23 gallons—in a 15-month period, and that Lehmberg spread her purchases out among different stores. This amount only covers purchases made with her credit card at that one liquor store chain, not cash purchases or alcohol obtained elsewhere.

This is the face and behavior of what Democrats believe is the ideal public servant:

There were immediate calls for her to resign, including a civil lawsuit. But this arrogant, spiteful Democrat refused.

Yet, right now, it is Gov Rick Perry – who tried to use the legal power he holds to veto legislation and funding to pressure convicted criminal Lehmborg to resign – who Democrats have indicted in a desperate political bid to smear Perry, smear Greg Abbott by association and, most importantly, raise money.

In a move that breaks the chutzpah meter, Texas Democrats are calling for Perry to resign.

Lehmberg – convicted criminal and alcoholic who threatened everyone around her during her arrest and booking – ideal Democrat who did nothing wrong.
Perry – governor who used legal means to try and get Lehmberg out as a top law enforcement official – evil Republican who needs to go to prison.

Austin & Travis County – home of the morally bankrupt

More video:

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Here is the statutes under which Perry is being indicated (emphasis mine)

Sec. 36.03. COERCION OF PUBLIC SERVANT OR VOTER.(a) A person commits an offense if by means of coercion he:

(1) influences or attempts to influence a public servant in a specific exercise of his official power or a specific performance of his official duty or influences or attempts to influence a public servant to violate the public servant’s known legal duty; or

(2) influences or attempts to influence a voter not to vote or to vote in a particular manner.

(b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the coercion is a threat to commit a felony, in which event it is a felony of the third degree.

(c) It is an exception to the application of Subsection (a)(1) of this section that the person who influences or attempts to influence the public servant is a member of the governing body of a governmental entity, and that the action that influences or attempts to influence the public servant is an official action taken by the member of the governing body. For the purposes of this subsection, the term “official action” includes deliberations by the governing body of a governmental entity.

Note that Section C exempts the Governor, acting in his capacity as Governor.

§ 39.02. ABUSE OF OFFICIAL CAPACITY.
(a) A public servant commits an offense if, with intent to obtain a benefit or with intent to harm or defraud another, he intentionally or knowingly:
(1) violates a law relating to the public servant’s office or employment; or
(2) misuses government property, services, personnel, or any other thing of value belonging to the government that has come into the public servant’s custody or possession by virtue of the public servant’s office or employment.
(b) An offense under Subsection (a)(1) is a Class A misdemeanor.
(c) An offense under Subsection (a)(2) is:
(1) a Class C misdemeanor if the value of the use of the thing misused is less than $20;
(2) a Class B misdemeanor if the value of the use of the thing misused is $20 or more but less than $500 ;
(3) a Class A misdemeanor if the value of the use of the thing misused is $500 or more but less than $1,500;
(4) a state jail felony if the value of the use of the thing misused is $1,500 or more but less than $20,000;
(5) a felony of the third degree if the value of the use of the thing misused is $20,000 or more but less than $100,000;
(6) a felony of the second degree if the value of the use of the thing misused is $100,000 or more but less than $200,000; or
(7) a felony of the first degree if the value of the use of the thing misused is $200,000 or more.
(d) A discount or award given for travel, such as frequent flyer miles, rental car or hotel discounts, or food coupons, are not things of value belonging to the government for purposes of this section due to the administrative difficulty and cost involved in recapturing the discount or award for a governmental entity.

Pressuring convicted criminal Lehmberg to resign office as top law enforcement official does not violate her “known legal duty” by any stretch of the imagination.

This is just disgusting.

Posted by Darleen @ 11:38am
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Comments (35)

  1. If Republicans were as BAMN as Democrats then Travis county and Austin would be declared to be unincorporated areas dissolving their local governments and have the Texas Rangers police the area.

  2. Looks a goodly deal more than disgusting: looks like a criminal racketeering enterprise fraudulently constructed out of intentionally twisted legal procedures to me. Does Texas contemplate returning to hanging as a means of capital punishment?

  3. If Republicans were as BAMN as Democrats then Travis county and Austin would be declared to be unincorporated areas dissolving their local governments and have the Texas Rangers police the area.

    And relocate the capital to Odessa.

  4. See, this is what happens when people keep electing lawyers. Dick the Butcher was on to something I think.

  5. Related, I’m sure.

    Also topical.

    Yeah, I think the indictment on Perry is payback, but not for a drunken DA’s sake.

  6. there’s simply no reason for a pikachu to hold any respect for any level of this burgeoningly fascist shitcountry’s systems of justice is there

    nope

  7. I’ve said it before, but it probably can’t be said often enough these days; there is always corruption in government, a small government has small corruption, a big government has big corruption.

    We have an enormous, gargantuan, massive out of control government.

  8. this is pretty much same same as what they tried to do on Mr. Governor Walker

    what i believe is that Sarah Palin showed them it could work you see with her cowardly resignation

  9. griefer

    you’re on the line for timeout, this is your only warning

  10. Rick Perry will need to use personal moneys to fight a criminal indictment

    should he cut a plea deal where the lawsuit goes away if he resigns?

    would that be brave?

    would that be honorable?

    let’s ponder these questions together

  11. No “we” will not “ponder”.

    stick to topic or troll elsewhere, griefer.

  12. This Democratic Party icon Rosemary Lehmberg recalls that infamous drunkard whom we all know, and also the Speedway Bomber.

    Rick Perry should win without breaking a sweat. That said, he may spend more than he should have to, as is what these small, evil turtles want.

  13. I kinda think happyfeet is on topic.

    Happyfeet, your views on Palin’s resignation are well documented…exhaustively so in fact. Still, even you should see Palins reaction isn’t the problem here, it’s vindictive, bullshit lawsuits against governors just for governing that is the problem.

    It’s easy for an anonymous internet warrior like yourself to say they should sacrifice their and their families fortune on vindictive, bullshit lawsuits, but you don’t even have the courage to put your name to your principles, much less your finances.

  14. Lee

    AFAIK per Texas policy, Perry’s legal bills are being paid for by the state. His family doesn’t face ruinous fees due to the lawfare at this time.

  15. I am hoping Rick Perry comes out swinging on this one.

    By the way, even Axelrod thinks this might be a bridge to far. Although, more than likely, Axelrod realizes the very real possibility of political blowback isn’t worth the risk.

    I want to see Perry point out that Democrats are okay backing out of control drunks with power, as long as they have a “D” by their name.

  16. that is true the state is paying the legal bills for now, though part of the strategy is to frame the suit in such a way that the use of state funds for Perry’s defense will be disallowed

    would it be unreasonable for Mr. Governor Perry to be wary of racking up huge legal bills?

  17. I think it reasonable for us all to be wary of Mr. Governor Perry racking up huge legal bills for doing his job looking out for the people’s interests.

    Unless of course you like the idea of a nasty drunken DA in charge Public Integrity with no recourse for her abuses of integrity.

  18. Just saw an item that says Drunkberg is being sued herself for abuse of power, for pressuring one of her underlings to bury a case.

  19. 72 bottles of Cirroc vodka—totaling more than 23 gallons—in a 15-month period

    Is she an aspiring rapper?

  20. Well hell Mike, if you’re not gonna do it then I will: Rick Perry Indicted

  21. Thanks! I linked Protein Wisdom up in my latest comment over there.

  22. Ubaldo. Hatehatehate. Hatehate.

  23. Hate.

  24. “If anybody can get indicted for ‘abuse of power’ in Texas, then Axelrod’s boss ought to stay out of Texas, lest he be imprisoned in the basement of the Alamo.” — PeeWee Herman

  25. Blake wrote: I am hoping Rick Perry comes out swinging on this one.

    I think he will. After all, he is obviously running for the GOP Nomination in 2016.

    I still don’t trust the guy, but, damn, he shouldn’t have been sued for exercising his power as Governor properly.

  26. Sadly, I’ve witnessed this behavior from a close relative who had been on a run for several weeks. Yes, this is the type of behaviour you can expect to see. It’s clear she has hit bottom and hasn’t realized it yet. And I doubt she will really understand the pain she is causing for some time. My heart goes out to her close relatives and the police that had to face it. Truly. She hasn’t yet realized that she hit bottom. It’s hard, sharp and painful from here on out.

    And yes, she needs to be removed from office. She is incapable of executing much of anything for the foreseeable future.

  27. Toke up, slewfoot.

  28. i toke not

    i am not he who tokes

    it’s just not a me thing

  29. Being the bitter clinger that I am, I’m hoping Miss Rosemary is either pulled over for drunk driving again or instigates a barroom brawl before this case hits the docket.

    Or she could show up drunk at the courthouse. Win-win.

  30. I wonder if she’s trolled conservative blogs and made creepy comments about people’s kids yet.

  31. Yikes.

  32. Sweet.

    I’ve uncovered something that isn’t about you.

  33. you rock

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