Stopping short of saying he thinks a crime was committed, a special prosecutor said he is troubled by the actions of Gov. Rick Perry in carrying out a threat last year to withhold state funding from Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s office unless she resigned after a DWI charge.
“I cannot elaborate on what exactly is concerning me, but I can tell you I am very concerned about certain aspects of what happened here,” San Antonio attorney Michael McCrum said in an interview with the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV.
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Chronology of the Lehmberg-Perry dispute
April 12, 2013: D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg is arrested by Travis County sheriff’s deputies on a drunken driving charge near Lake Travis. She vows not to resign.
April 17, 2013: Attorney Kerry O’Brien files a petition in Travis County civil court to remove Lehmberg from office.
April 19, 2013: Lehmberg pleads guilty to DWI and is sentenced to 45 days in jail. She ends up serving about half that because of good behavior. Calls for her resignation increase with evidence that her blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit and that she was belligerent and combative during her arrest and booking.
June 10, 2013: The American-Statesman reports that Gov. Rick Perry has been pushing for Lehmberg to resign and is threatening to withhold state funding from her office’s Public Integrity Unit.
June 15, 2013: Perry vetoes the money. Texans for Public Justice seeks an investigation into the legality of his veto pledge.
July 15, 2013: Senior District Judge Robert “Bert” Richardson of San Antonio is appointed to oversee an investigation.
Aug. 19, 2013: San Antonio lawyer Michael McCrum appointed as special prosecutor to look into the Texans for Public Justice complaint.
Sept. 4, 2013: Richardson impanels a special grand jury to consider whether Perry’s veto threat broke any laws and whether Lehmberg obstructed justice or broke other laws during her arrest.
Oct. 4, 2013: Special grand jury declines to indict Lehmberg.
Dec. 11, 2013: Visiting Judge David Peeples of San Antonio rules after three-day civil trial that he won’t remove Lehmberg from office.
April 3, 2014: American-Statesman reports thatMcCrum plans to present the Perry case to a second grand jury.