Fair and impartial application of laws is the basis of our society. Each elected official is responsible to enforce and follow the law.
The Travis County district attorney broke the law and engaged in deplorable behavior that resulted in a harsh first-offense penalty for DWI. The Public Integrity Unit should not be headed by someone who not only pled guilty of DWI with a .239 blood-alcohol level, but also was so aggressive that she was restrained with handcuffs and leg irons.
Our governor was within his authority and right on the issue when he vetoed funding for her unit. This is not the first time a Travis County DA has used criminal charges against political opponents, but it needs to be the last.
The charges against Gov. Perry need to be dropped, and the Travis County DA’s office needs a change of leadership.
EDITOR’S NOTE: It should be noted that the criminal charges against Gov. Perry do not come from the Travis County DA’s office. A Republican judge from Bexar County appointed a special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, to handle the case. McCrum is a criminal defense attorney who began his career as a federal prosecutor during the George H.W. Bush administration.