Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.
A grand jury indictment simply means that sufficient evidence was presented to go forward with a trial.
Monday, 18 Aug 2014
By Wanda Carruthers
The indictment of Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry over abuse of power and coercion is reminiscent of the way that political dissent was handled in the Soviet Union, legal scholar and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum.”
Skip to a 1:40 minutes to Allen Dershowitz a liberal democrat law professor doesn’t agree with the indictment as well.
Dershowitz, who make clear he would never vote for Rick Perry, said Monday the governor’s indictment was driven by politics and is representative of “what happens in totalitarian societies.”
He said disagreement with Perry’s actions is “not the basis of what a criminal charge should be,” adding that Americans have the ability to “vote against him” if they don’t like his actions.
“The two statutes under which he was indicted are reminiscent of the old Soviet Union — you know, abuse of authority,” Dershowitz said Monday. “The idea of indicting him because he threatened to veto spending unless a district attorney who was caught drinking and driving resigned, that’s not anything for a criminal indictment. That’s a political issue.”
Perry was indicted Friday, accused of abuse of power by withholding funds to the district attorney’s office in Travis County — county seat of Austin, Texas — following the drunk-driving arrest of county District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. He was also charged with coercion, as opponents claimed his veto of funds for the county’s integrity unit was an attempt to force Lehmberg to resign.
Similar cases of using the criminal justice system to attack political adversaries are cropping up in other states, including Alaska, New York, and Virginia, Dershowitz said, adding that the practice has to end because it makes people “very suspicious of criminal justice and of the legal system.”
“Right now, we are seeing it. It’s beginning to spread. And that’s why it’s so important to put a stop to it now, and to say the criminal law is reserved for real crimes, not for political differences where a party in power or out of power gets revenge against the other party. That’s just not the way to use the criminal justice [system],” he said.
More from Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley who doesn’t agree with the indictment as well.