Rosemary Lehmberg, the district attorney of Travis County, Texas was arrested for drunk driving April 12, 2013.
Video of her arrest showed her being abusive and threatening officers with retaliation.
She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 45 days in jail and a $4,000 fine.
She refused to resign, though.
Travis County is one of the few Democrat counties in Texas and contains the state capital of Austin. One of the jobs of the Travis D.A. is to head the The Public Integrity Unit (PIU) which is funded by the state and investigates public corruption, insurance fraud, and motor fuels tax fraud.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry felt that a person who scoffs at the law and abuses law enforcement officers was not fit to hold the position. He said he would veto the $7.5 million state funding for the PIU unless Ms. Lehmberg resigned.
Ms. Lehmberg again refused and Perry vetoed the allocation.
What happened next was that a grand jury was empaneled in Travis County and indicted Perry on the felony charges of felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of public servant with a maximum sentence of 109 years in prison.
Perry, today, Aug. 16, issued a statement saying that he “wholeheartedly and unequivocally” stands behind his veto calling the indictment as “nothing more than an abuse of power.
” I cannot, and will not, allow that to happen,” he said. “I intend to fight against those who would erode our state’s constitution and laws purely for political purposes, and I intend to win. I will explore every legal avenue to expedite this matter and bring it to a swift conclusion. I am confident we will ultimately prevail, that this farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is, and that those responsible will be held to account.”
Thank you, Gov. Perry. We wish you were a Pennsylvanian.
Here is the video of District Attorney Lehmberg showing her respect for the law.