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Fri Apr 25, 2014, 04:31 PM

Lawmaker asks Abbott whether Rick Perry can legally bill taxpayers for his expensive criminal lawyer

This will be fun to watch http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/04/abbott-asked-whether-rick-perry-can-legally-bill-taxpayers-for-his-expensive-criminal-lawyer.html/

A Democratic House leader has asked for a legal opinion on how and if Gov. Rick Perry can bill taxpayers for his $450-an-hour criminal lawyer defending him in a grand jury probe.

Perry is under a grand jury investigation on potential bribery and coercion charges after trying to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign last year after she pled guilty to drunk driving.

He hired Austin criminal attorney David Botsford in a contract that runs through October.

Perry has acknowledged that he threatened to veto $7.5 million in state funding for the Public Integrity Unit, administered by Lehmberg’s office, if she did not step down. She did not resign and he vetoed the money.

If Lehmberg, a Democrat, had quit, Perry would have named her replacement. The Public Integrity Unit at the time was investigating the operation of one of Perry’s signature achievements — the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

One of CPRIT’s top officers was indicted in December for steering an $11 million award to a company without subjecting it to the standard review process.

Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Port Arthur, requested that Attorney General Greg Abbott study the issue to see if there are limits on a governor hiring outside counsel at taxpayers expense.

In a 4-page letter, the House Land and Resource Management Committee chairman asks if the governor has taken criminal actions beyond the scope of his official capacity, should the state be obligated to pay for his defense.

Greg Abbott is going to have to take a position on this issue and it will be fun to see the fallout

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 05:13 PM

1. In the spirit of fiscal conservatism, Perry should pay for it out of his own pocket.

He already is double-dipping from the state of Texas with checks coming in for his salary and his retirement.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sat Apr 26, 2014, 09:09 AM

2. Perry's actions seem not to be state business. If the matter is state business, then where is

action by the Texas Attorney General? Is it State of Texas vs. some entity? It seems to be a matter of a private threat. Did the State Attorney set in motion removal of funding using Texas Law? No.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Sun Apr 27, 2014, 08:28 PM

3. I guess it will be fun

I have no doubt I will pay the bill.

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