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Texas Hardball

by Jerry Bader

Can a veto ever be a felony? That question is at the heart of the political bombshell that is the indictment against Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry, of course, was within his constitutional authority to issue the veto. The question is whether threatening a veto to produce a resignation from an official constitutes coercion. This could be a tricky legal question

On the surface it appears frivolous. But the veto was used as a threat to get Lehmberg to resign. But the threat wasn't directly against her, so is that coercion? I lean toward no. But as I said, a tricky legal question.