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Grand Juror during the Rick Perry investigation is a delegate for the Texas Democratic Party convention

August 20, 2014

  This is certainly an interesting little twist into Rick Perry’s indictment on two felony charges for coercion and abuse of power; one of the Jurors who voted to indict Rick Perry is a delegate for the Texas Democratic Party convention.

Rho Chalmers, who disclosed to the Houston Chronicle yesterday that she was a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention during grand jury proceedings.

  Of course she claims this did not influence her decision:

she claimed yesterday to the Houston Chronicle that her decision to indict Perry, a Republican, was not based on politics.

“For me, it’s not a political decision,” Chalmers told the newspaper. “That’s what a grand jury is about – take the emotion out of it and look at the facts and make your best decision based on your life experience.”

  Of course when part of your life experience is being involved heavily in party politics it takes the willing suspension of disbelieve to think that she was able to ignore this one portion of her life experience in order to render a non-biased decision. She should not have been allowed to sit on this Grand Jury.

  In every post I have written on this story I have gone out of my way to state that Rick Perry made a poor judgement call by using his veto to try to force Rosemary Lehmberg to resign, even though the demand for her resignation was justified. But that does not mean that the decision to indict Rick Perry was not politically motivated.

  In fact, I believe it was politically motivated and I think this lends credence to the claim. Even those who support Rick Perry’s indictment have to admit this does not look good.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2014 7:13 pm

    I’m not as convinced that it was a bad decision to use his veto power to try to force out the head of the Public Integrity Unit. There’s no reasonable expectation that that DA would have been replaced by a conservative / Republican DA…not in Travis county. That’s by far the most liberal county in all of TX. My point is, it wasn’t a political decision on Perry’s part; it was more a decision based on the fact that the head of the PIU was convicted of DWI, so he was trying to uphold the integrity of the PIU itself. Just my 2c….

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    • August 20, 2014 7:23 pm

      I don’t think it was a political decision on Rick Perry’s part either, and I think she should resign. I only think it was a bad decision because he did not see how the Democrats could use this against him. Even if the case is thrown out, and I think it is likely it will be, they still have his indictment and his mugshot to use against him in the future.
      However, with the video surfacing of Rosemary Lehmberg during her detention this could actually come back to bite the Democrats instead.

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      • zip permalink
        August 20, 2014 7:57 pm

        “Underestimated” is right Steve. Like bringing a knife when your opponents have guns. These fights are getting ‘dirtier’. What use to work to stomp down out criminals doesn’t anymore – they go outside the law, but if anyone else does they go for their jugular.
        Perry would do well to concentrate on TX – get his recruits (who he can trust) to do some behind the scenes work. Who knows, TX has wanted to Secede for years. If they start kicking out their enemies that might just happen.

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      • August 20, 2014 7:59 pm

        Exactly, Rick Perry is probably an honest man (at least as far as politicians go) and he probably could not comprehend that his opponents would do something like this because he does not think the same way.

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  2. August 20, 2014 7:37 pm

    I’m sure she is not lying; just like Lois Lerner didn’t lie about targeting conservative groups and like Eric Holder didn’t lie about whhat and when he knew about Fast and Furious, and like the NSA didn’t lie about spying on Americans, and like President Obama doesn’t lie about learning about everything that goes on in his administration from the news media.

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  3. LD Jackson permalink
    August 21, 2014 7:12 am

    The same people who say this juror is well able to be impartial are the same people who accuse the Republicans of conducting a political witch hunt over Benghazi.

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