On Friday, Governor Rick Perry was indicted on two counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official. Perry came out on Saturday to defend himself and his veto, which is not related to the indictments. Some have claimed this indictment is political and Democrats are out to get Perry, however, Democrats can not take credit for this indictment.
Before the investigation ever started, every Democrat in Travis County, including District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, recused themselves from the case. No matter how much Rick Perry and other Republicans want to claim this is an indictment from liberal Austin Democrats, the facts say otherwise.
With Lehmberg and the rest of the Travis County District Attorney’s recusing themselves, the complaint filed by Craig McDonald of Texans for Public Justice before a veto ever occurred, fell to Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield. Stubblefield serves as the presiding judge in the Third Administrative Judicial Region. Stubblefield is also an elected Republican to the 26th District Court in Williamson County. Judge Stubblefield was appointed to serve as a member of the Third Administrative Judicial Region and that appointment was made by Governor Rick Perry in 2010. Judge Stubblefield chose to proceed with the case rather than dismiss it.
To oversee the prosecution of Governor Perry, Judge Stubblefield appointed Judge Bert Richardson of Bexar County. Richardson is currently a Senior District Judge and is also running statewide as a Republican for the Court of Criminal Appeals. Richardson was appointed to the 379th District Court in Bexar County by Governor George W. Bush and was re-elected as a Republican. Judge Richardson also chose to proceed with the case instead of dismissal.
Judge Richardson went on to appoint Michael McCrum to serve as the special prosecutor to present the evidence to the grand jury. The grand jury is made up a diverse assortment of Travis County residents. McCrum once served as a federal prosecutor for President George H.W. Bush and had his name submitted to serve as a federal judge by Senator John Cornyn. McCrum went on to run a thorough investigation pertaining to the complaint against Perry which included interviews with over 40 people, many of whom were current or former staffers of Governor Perry. Based on the evidence presented to the grand jury by McCrum, the two indictments were issued.
McCrum will now be in charge of convicting Governor Perry of the two indictments against him. But who is Michael McCrum? His biography, from his official website, reads as follows:
Michael McCrum is a nationally recognized trial and appellate attorney who is known for his successful representation of business executives, public officials, physicians, attorneys, law enforcement officers and everyday people in high-profile and high-stake matters. With more than 25 years of experience, Michael focuses the majority of his litigation practice on white-collar criminal defense, federal and state government investigations and federal commercial litigation. His practice also includes directing internal corporate investigations and representing targets of complex narcotics and money laundering investigations, and false claim and qui tam litigation.Michael has been recognized in “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 2006, and by “Texas Super Lawyers” from 2007-2011. He was recommended by the Texas Democratic U.S. Congressmen and both Texas U.S. Senators to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, but a year later opted to withdraw his name from consideration.
Prior to opening his own law office, Michael helped open the San Antonio office of the international law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP. He is a former federal prosecutor, having served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Texas as the San Antonio Division’s Chief of the Major Crimes Division, Chief of the General Drug Division, and Chairman of the Western District Federal and State Health Care Fraud Task Force.
The attorneys and staff of the McCrum Law Office always strive to provide high-quality representation and counsel with passion, integrity and skill.
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