- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The special prosecutor in the misconduct case against Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that Mr. Perry was “making a mockery” of the justice system and asking for “special favors” in requesting to skip a pretrial hearing.

“I don’t think there’s any reason why Mr. Perry should be treated any differently from any other citizen who’s required to be in court,” special prosecutor Michael McCrum told the San-Antonio Express News. “He’s asking for special favors, and as far as I’m concerned, he’s not entitled to it.”

Mr. Perry’s lawyers have requested that Mr. Perry be excused from an Oct. 13 pretrial hearing because he will be traveling in Europe on a trade mission.

“I’ve never seen a defendant make such a mockery of our system of justice,” Mr. McCrum said, pointing to Mr. Perry’s speech outside the courthouse as he was being booked last month, which turned into a mini-political rally.

One of Mr. Perry’s lawyers, Anthony Buzbee, told the newspaper that it was inappropriate for Mr. McCrum to blast the governor in the press.

Mr. Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was indicted on two felony charges of abuse of power for threatening to veto funding to the Travis County DA unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was arrested for drunken driving, resigned.

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