Gov. Rick Perry’s indictment remarks under scrutiny as perceived threat

Gov. Rick Perry responds to indictments.
Gov. Rick Perry responds to indictments.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Gov. Rick Perry was defiant as he responded to the indictment against him last week and vowed to hold those responsible accountable.
But, some think the Governor overstepped another line and are perceiving those remarks as a possible threat.

One of those people is the administrative judge here in Travis County and this is the comment from Governor Perry’s Saturday press conference that is being analyzed:

“This farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is and those responsible will be held accountable,” Perry said.

Perry didn’t specifically say who those responsible would be and the accountability he’s seeking. But, Judge Julie Kocurek who recused herself from the case is quoted in published reports saying that some could potentially take Perry’s words as a threat, potentially towards the grand jurors who decided to indict the governor. Grand Jurors are protected by law and any harm or threat of harm towards them is a felony.

Special Prosecutor Mike McCrum, who some would say could be considered a target of Perry’s statement declined to comment about it, but he did take on the question about his political affiliation playing a part.

“I don’t feel anything about politics is relevant about this case. With all do respect I can’t answer the question because doing so gives it relevance and I don’t think it has relevance,” McCrum said following the first hearing on the matter in court Friday.

The current Judge Bert Richardson declined comment. Judge Kocurek recused herself from this case, but she is the administrative judge in the county. And apparently, felt the Governor’s statement was potentially undermining the administrative process the courts are run by. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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