[Update Aug 18, 2014]
Perry’s legal defense team was announced today during press conference. Leading the team is Houston attorney Tony Buzbee.
During conference Buzbee made the following statements:
“…charges are outrageous and in the end Perry will prevail”
“This is nothing more than banana republics politics”
In regard to question of who is paying the bill: “We haven’t worked out that arrangement. Obviously, the state will pay a portion”. Buzbee also generalized that the taxpayer wouldn’t have to worry about paying for Perry’s defense had there never been an indictment. Ummm, really?
I must admit, Slick Perry does have a great defense team. Too bad I’m paying for it.
Last summer, an inquiry began after an ethics complaint alleging that Perry improperly used a veto to deny funding for the state’s public integrity unit. Today, Perry was indicted on charges of abuse of power and coercion making him the first Texas governor to be indicted in nearly a century. You can read more about the indictment here.
Of course, Abbott had no comment. After all, Perry is his buddy and according to Abbott’s office state law gives Perry the right to hire outside counsel on the taxpayer’s dime. So not only are we paying for his $450/hr lawyer which has already totaled more than $40k in billable hours but don’t forget folks, Perry also took an early retirement back in 2011, supplementing his income with a $7,698 annuity each month. Yes, you read that right. And when this happened, I was livid because that same year (summertime), Perry signed a bill that made it difficult for teachers to receive their spouse’s social security benefits while working. More info here.