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August 16, 2014 - 4:04 pm
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The indictment of Gov. Rick Perry by a grand jury in Travis County, Texas, is part of a power struggle that originates with a serious crime, albeit not one committed by Gov. Perry.

That crime, as everyone knows by now, is drunk driving, and it was committed by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

When Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, Democrat, was arrested and charged with drunk driving on April 12, 2013, her blood alcohol level measured .23.

That is just shy of three times the legal limit in Texas, which is .08.

According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Lehmberg must have consumed about 10 alcoholic drinks in one hour to achieve a .23 blood alcohol rating.

District Attorney Lehmberg also had an open bottle of vodka in her car, violating Texas’ longstanding open container law.

During processing after her arrest, Lehmberg denied that she was drunk, despite that .23 blood alcohol level, and the fact that she had been reported to police for driving the wrong way down an Austin street.

You can watch Lehmberg attempt to abuse her power in the video of her processing in jail after her arrest. Lehmberg is belligerent and violent in the video, and had to be restrained. When Lehmberg asks the officers if they have called “Greg,” she is referring to Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton, who she assumed would spring her from jail despite the overwhelming evidence that she had committed drunk driving.

Lehmberg’s taunt at the officers to “call Greg” is at the 1:49 mark in the video.

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At one point, a female officer tells Lehmberg “You’ve been arrested for DWI.”

“That’s y’all’s problem, not mine,” Lemberg retorts, a clear threat given her position as Travis County DA.

The officers also stated that Lehmberg attempted to scratch an officer. She could therefore have been charged with assaulting an officer of the law.

Depending on circumstances, assaulting a police officer can be a 1st degree felony, carrying a penalty of five years to life in prison if convicted.

Lehmberg’s drunk driving arrest capped a year of spending heavily on alcohol, according to receipts of her purchases from Twin Liquors stores from January 2012 to April 2013, the month of her arrest.

Austin’s KEYE-TV posted a PDF of all of those receipts.

From January 2012 to April 2013 — 15 months — Lehmberg made 59 purchases of alcohol at various Twin Liquors stores, a rate of nearly one purchase a week.

She bought 76 bottles of alcohol. According to the receipts, Lehmberg prefers Ciroc vodka. Lehmberg routinely purchased 1.75 liter bottles of vodka, at a price of nearly $60 each. On occasions, she bought more than one 1.75 liter bottle of Ciroc at a time.

Those 76 bottles add up to 24.7 gallons of alcohol purchased over 15 months. The last purchase in the KEYE-compiled list was on April 2, 2013 — 10 days before her arrest for drunk driving, and the subsequent attempt to abuse her power by trying to intimidate the officers who processed her in jail. Lehmberg purchased vodka on that day. An open bottle of vodka was found in her car during her arrest.

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Forget about the political angle for a moment.

This woman needs help. Lehmberg obviously has a serious problem with alcohol. Perhaps she needs time in a rehab. facility. Perhaps she needs extensive therapy.

This is a human being with a problem.

Has no one in her political cricle tried to intervene, to get her into a treatment program? Or, have they been so busy grasping for the reins of power that they've failed to give one of their own aid and succor?
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The Dems just took a hot steaming Mike Nifong on themselves with this unforced error.
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Come on - is Travis County actually in the US? Lehmberg doesn't need to resign - she needs to be told to go pick up her last paycheck and leave. Is anyone in charge here? What Perry has done wrong is not physically picking up this woman and throwing her into the street. This is truly unbelievable.
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Get your own problem fixed there, Rosemary and leave Rick Perry alone. He's not the drunk, you are. You abuse yourself, your family, your office and the people of Texas.
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Dems love drunks and forgive them even when they kill a young woman by driving off a bridge. Move on, nothing to see here.
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It's been 16 months. Since what she did is grounds for removal from her office, why hasn't she been? Disgusting!!
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The demographics of the Austin metro area are changing rapidly. My modest, middle class neighborhood within the city limits is mostly conservatives. The liberals are desperately clinging to the last threads of power before it's gone.
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I don't believe that being Travis County DA, is a defense to prosecution under Texas law.
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The Demoncrats of course know that this is thin and won't stand.

They just hope that running ads showing Perry's mugshot will be enough to give Abortion Barbie the win over Greg Abbott by default.
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Abuse of power? All Lemberg does is yell about how special she is, commands officers to make phone calls, etc. that is the real abuse of power-- breaking the law and suffering no consequences because we hold office. Reminds me of a little bridge incident on the island of Chappaquiddick.

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Here's the endorsement of the communist "Burnt Orange Report" of DA Lehmberg: Notice that it's all about the Left's pet causes, every single one.

"Lehmberg has been endorsed by every single Democratic club in Austin, The Austin Chronicle, and a wide range of community leaders. We are happy to add our voices to those calling for her re-election.

"Here is just some of what Lehmberg has accomplished in her first term, which demonstrate her commitment to our shared progressive causes:

--Deferred Prosecution Program: Lehmberg established a new deferred prosecution program to give first offenders a second chance. We'd like to see this program expanded in a second term.

-- Fighting Wrongful Convictions: Lehmberg partnered with the Innocence Project at UT's Law School to conduct post-conviction DNA testing and is participating in a field study of new eyewitness identification procedures to prevent false ID's. She has been endorsed by Dallas County DA Craig Watkins, a national leader in these efforts.

-- Environmental Prosecutions: Lehmberg is successfully prosecuting large-scale environmental polluters and collecting millions in fines.

-- Public Integrity Unit: Lehmberg has showed the balance and temperament necessary to keep a Republican legislature funding an office that prosecutes their own members. [There's your answer about the PUBLIC INTEGRITY [sic] UNIT.]

-- Hate Crimes Task Force: Lehmberg is deeply involved in the newly created Hate Crimes Task Force which works with the City, APD, and County to directly address bias-motivated crimes as they happen and work to foster increased safety in targeted communities.

"As an openly gay woman, Lehmberg provides a role model for the LGBT community -- and all women in law enforcement -- demonstrating that their sex and sexuality need not limit their professional advancement."

- See more at: http://thecontributor.com/burnt-orange-report-endorses-rosemary-lehmberg-district-attorney#sthash.yWqx3igh.dpuf
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Had too much vodka yourself, did ya'?
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"She bought 76 bottles of alcohol. According to the receipts, Lehmberg prefers Ciroc vodka."

While she's not a judge, she does remind me of that judge, the Honorable Gladys Stites, from the movie "Up in Smoke", when Pedro grabs the water glass from the bench.

"Hey, that's f&#(*#ing vodka, man!!"
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She probably does not want "help" otherwise the bar or her state benefits package would probably foot the entire bill. What she was counting on was Democrat Immunity which democrats expect will shield them from all consequence of their lifestyles and it usually does. Ever so often though, it does fail -witness the House Banking and Post-office Scandals of the first Clinton term. Democrats fell like flies in the mid terms and several went to jail. Teddy Kennedy got away with a lot but became a felon when he killed his staffer. He also drew Senatorial censure when he abused his frankling privilege to provide free mailings for one of the anti-gun fundraising crusades.
Lehmberg is a true out of control drunk and Jail-House Pig. She may very well plead victimhood and diminished capacity to duck into the mental health system when she does get into a major alcohol -fueled screwup.
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