Perry Indictment “Irresponsible and Nakedly Political”

Scott Lemieux, writing for the Week, reaching a similar conclusion to the indictment of Texas governor Rick Perry that I and others have reached: “The basis for the indictment is exceptionally weak, and reflects a disturbing trend towards criminalizing garden-variety political actions. . . . The indictment . . . is irresponsible and nakedly political.” Lemieux observes the obvious fact that part of a governor’s legitimate powers is to veto legislation.