A crew of bipartisan lawyers think that this should never have happened.
Traditionally, when anyone claims that a bipartisan group got together to protest anything, you can issue a snort of derision and comfortably state that if such group is bipartisan than pigs can take wing. However, in this one case Gov. Rick Perry seems to have pulled off the impossible.
Yes, somehow a bipartisan group of lawyers got together to file an amicus brief with the 390th District Court on behalf of Perry. On Monday, the group, led by former Texas Solicitor General James C. Ho, filed a brief contending that Perry's indictment was bogus and unconstitutional and that the charges should be dismissed.
The amici curiae is supposed to be a "diverse coalition of experts in the fields of constitutional and criminal law," as noted in the brief, but what's stunning in this case is that the group that signed on for this actually is diverse. There's Floyd Abrams, the lawyer who represented the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case. Then there's Michael Barone, a resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. Ashutosh Bhagwat, a professor at UC Davis School of Law. Right alongside him on the list is Jeff Blackburn, founder and chief counsel of the Innocence Project of Texas. Stop and ponder that one for a minute. One of Perry's defenders is the guy who started the Innocence Project of Texas. Paul Coggins is a former U.S. Attorney appointed by former President Bill Clinton. Alan Deershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard, is one of the most famous civil liberties lawyers in the country.
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