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Rick Perry indictment: Politicians' spats don't belong in courts
Rick Perry indictment: Politicians' spats don't belong in courts

Even in the no-holds-barred world of Texas politics, the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry last week was a low blow. A grand jury in Austin, a Democratic Party hotbed, indicted Perry, a Republican with presidential aspirations, on two felony counts for allegedly abusing his power. His offense? Threatening to veto funding for the county district attorney's Public Integrity Unit unless Dist. Atty. Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, resigned. But the Texas governor has the legal authority to veto spending, which makes the dispute between Perry and Lehmberg essentially a political one. And the courts are the wrong place to settle political scores. The Public Integrity Unit has long been a thorn...

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