Perry grand juror also a Texas Democratic Party delegate?

posted at 10:41 am on August 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The Texas grand jury that indicted Rick Perry for threatening to issue a line-item veto want everyone to know that they are offended at the notion that this indictment is in any way political. “[We] “really tried to keep an open mind and come to a fair decision given all the testimony that we heard,” one juror told the Houston Chronicle. “I think if and when the facts come out, [public perception will] change,” said another. A third seemed to dance around her involvement in the proceedings while still defending them:

Rho Chalmers, who name matches that of a grand juror but would only confirm her service on a jury that ended last week, said grand juries involve careful consideration of facts.

“For me, it’s not a political decision,” Chalmers said. “That’s what a grand jury is about – take the emotion out of it and look at the facts and make your best decision based on your life experience.”

But did they? MediaTrackers took a close look at Chalmers and discovered that she may have some “emotion” that she didn’t bother to disclose to the Chronicle — and some politics in her “life experience” as well:

Rho Chalmers, who disclosed to the Houston Chronicle yesterday that she was a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention during grand jury proceedings. Chalmers’ active participation in Democratic state politics is important because she claimed yesterday to the Houston Chronicle that her decision to indict Perry, a Republican, was not based on politics.

They also discovered evidence that Chalmers attended a political event for politician who was at the same time providing testimony to the grand jury:

More troubling, however, is the fact that Chalmers attended, photographed, and commented on an event with Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson while grand jury proceedings were ongoing.

Watson was a witness in front of the grand jury. On June 27, 2014, Chalmers shared a photo of the Watson event on a community Facebook page she started called Developer’s Dungeon. “Senator Kirk Watson telling the story of the Wendy Davis fillibuster (sic),” she wrote in a comment accompanying the picture. …

Numerous posts from both of Chalmers’ Facebook pages — her personal page, which she shares with her husband, Davis [David, apparently, from the screen caps -- Ed], and her “Developer’s Dungeon” page — make clear that she is a partisan Democratic activist, and that she was an active participant in the Texas Democratic Party’s state convention in June while grand jury proceedings were ongoing.

It’s possible that there are two completely different people of the same name in Travis County, but Rho Chalmers seems like an unusual name to chalk up to coincidence. If it’s the same Rho Chalmers and she sat on the grand jury that produced this indictment, then it makes the action against Perry look even more like a political hit job — which may be why Chalmers played a little coy about her connection to the indictment with the Houston Chronicle.

A search this morning on the Chronicle’s website does not show any follow-up on Chalmers and her political activity, but perhaps reporters Brian Rosenthal and Patrick Svitek may want to look into the MediaTracker report ASAP. Might make a good story.

Update: David Freddoso writes today that Perry has been all smiles, which has discomfited his opponents — and well it should. Perry’s got the smoking gun on tape, after all:

The local news got the tapes of her arrest and booking when she was sentenced to 45 days in jail. During her field sobriety test, Lehmberg could not follow the officer’s flashlight with her eyes, walk a straight line without stumbling, or stand on one foot. “I don’t think you smell alcohol,” she told her arresting officer. “And I haven’t erratically drived (sic).”

Lehmberg protested at least 10 times for the camera that she was not drunk. At first, she denied drinking anything that evening. She refused a Breathalyzer test, but a blood sample taken under court order showed she was intoxicated at three times the legal driving limit — the equivalent of more than eight shots in an hour for a 150-pound woman, according toBloodAlcoholCalculator.org.

“You’re going to ruin my career,” she said – a theme she would return to at least six times that evening when in front of the camera.

During booking, deputies had to place Lehmberg in a restraining chair and place a mask over her face that is usually reserved for inmates who spit on jailers. When this last fact was first revealed — before the videotapes came out — her attorney told reporters the mask was used to conceal her identity. There is no indication of this in the tape, on which deputies explain that she is being restrained because is belligerent and disorderly.

The head of the Public Integrity Unit tried repeatedly to pull rank. Referring to her handcuffs, she threatened deputies: “If you don’t get these off me quick, y’all are gonna be in jail, not me.”

That’s abuse of power, not the issuance of a veto for funding a public-integrity unit run by a woman who makes these threats. Good luck selling this one, Texas Democrats.


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A Democrat not playing by the rules?

Tell it not in Christendom!

formwiz on August 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM

The tactics used by the Texas democrats might work on effete California Republicans, but I think they have their hands full with this one.

dirtseller on August 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

And other members of the grand jury are whining about Perry not respecting them them.

Maybe he should be indicted.

cozmo on August 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Why does that headline end in a question mark ??

Truth is truth, Ed.

pambi on August 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

They also discovered evidence that Chalmers attended a political event for politician who was at the same time providing testimony to the grand jury:

if that is the case then the whole thing is tainted and should be thrown out.
Charges should be filed against Chalmers.

Chapter 19 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure includes the rules that govern grand juries, and Article 19.34 provides the oath to which all grand jurors must swear:

Art. 19.34. OATH OF GRAND JURORS. When the grand jury is completed, the court shall appoint one of the number foreman; and the following oath shall be administered by the court, or under its direction, to the jurors: “You solemnly swear that you will diligently inquire into, and true presentment make, of all such matters and things as shall be given you in charge; the State’s counsel, your fellows and your own, you shall keep secret, unless required to disclose the same in the course of a judicial proceeding in which the truth or falsity of evidence given in the grand jury room, in a criminal case, shall be under investigation. You shall present no person from envy, hatred or malice; neither shall you leave any person unpresented for love, fear, favor, affection or hope of reward; but you shall present things truly as they come to your knowledge, according to the best of your understanding, so help you God”.

redguy on August 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

The Grand Jurors who are talking about it are also breaking the law

Art. 19.34. [365] [416] [404] OATH OF GRAND JURORS

When the grand jury is completed, the court shall appoint one of the number
foreman; and the following oath shall be administered by the court,
or under its direction, to the jurors: “You solemnly swear that you
will diligently inquire into, and true presentment make, of all
such matters and things as shall be given you in charge; the
State’s counsel, your fellows and your own, you shall keep secret,
unless required to disclose the same in the course of a judicial
proceeding in which the truth or falsity of evidence given in the
grand jury room, in a criminal case, shall be under investigation.

rbj on August 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

pambi on August 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

It means he ain’t sure it is the same person.

The piece stated as much.

Other outlets aren’t as concerned.

cozmo on August 21, 2014 at 10:51 AM

I just love it when Dems are hoisted on their own retards(sp)!

Ms. Anthrope on August 21, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Stacked jury in Travis County? Say what?

Shay on August 21, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Can Perry run for office from a jail cell?

Is Perry our Mandela?

faraway on August 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

take the emotion out of it and look at the facts and make your best decision based on your life experience.

Why would there be emotion in it to begin with?

And you should make the decision based on the facts and the law, not your “life experience”, whatever that means.

forest on August 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM

make your best decision based on your life experience.

Her life experience is as a leftwing agitator. There’s that.

faraway on August 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I was also glad to see that as far as I can tell booking photos no longer have the subject holding a placard in front of them. Certainly extraneous in these days of metadata and digital images, and makes the low-information-voter visceral reaction quotient much smaller.

SoRight on August 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Did the cops put Lemberg in restraints to conceal her identity?

The barely veiled threats coming from her piehole is what will sink this entire mess, the woman was trying to use her authority to coerce the cops to release her without charge.

Bishop on August 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

There was some sort of affidavit released from the Public Integrity Unit today saying that neither Perry or his aides were being investigated for anything (or he found no evidence of wrongdoing, something like that). That makes the claim the Parry vetoed their funding because they were going after him moot.

changer1701 on August 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

If you have not seen the video Perry put out there about this woman, you Must. Perry showing how it’s done and done effectively. It is a political kick in the groin.

Mord on August 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I think Rick Perry should build a wall around Travis county, and then put all the rounded up border jumpers in there.

portlandon on August 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Fascist Democrats.

I’m not calling them “liberals” or “progressives” anymore, because they’ve become full-blown fascists. I will occasionally use “leftist” since “Democrat fascist” only indicates extreme party loyalty and as there are plenty of leftist loons who don’t identify with the party.

The cesspool of politics is created by people like this.

Aizen on August 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Have you noticed that the prosecutors have not said anything on this case in the last week. They thought (wrongly of course) that they could get Perry to cower, but that is not happening, and just the opposite is.

I think the Dems will and are already regretting this decision. All they are doing is helping to make Perry case in 2016 of govt overreach

ConservativePartyNow on August 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

They’ve got a mugshot of Perry…..the other gop candidates and Hillary will use it against him, no?

cmsinaz on August 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Did the cops put Lemberg in restraints to conceal her identity?

Bishop on August 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Their story is that she was flinging spittle.

I think they didn’t want to get puke on them.

cozmo on August 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Every single person In Travis County that even touched the case paperwork should be disbarred. The judge, prosecutors, the paralegals, and even the unpaid interns should be sanctioned. That’s the only way to keep this from happening. Ruin their lives before they keep ruining ours.

joekenha on August 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Did the cops put Lemberg in restraints to conceal her identity?

The barely veiled threats coming from her piehole is what will sink this entire mess, the woman was trying to use her authority to coerce the cops to release her without charge.

Bishop on August 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Did you call gray?

VegasRick on August 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

…the equivalent of more than eight shots in an hour for a 150-pound woman,…

Oh, that’s funny. She looks a bit over 150 to me. I’ll bet she consumed more than 8 shots.

And there might have been another reason for the mask over her face. She ain’t exactly pretty even when she’s sober.

climbnjump on August 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

With hatred of “public servants” at an all-time low, what genius decided to fight for this particular hill?

Bishop on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Is there a court date yet?

gophergirl on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

There was some sort of affidavit released from the Public Integrity Unit today saying that neither Perry or his aides were being investigated for anything (or he found no evidence of wrongdoing, something like that). That makes the claim the Parry vetoed their funding because they were going after him moot.

changer1701 on August 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

This.

blammm on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

They’ve got a mugshot of Perry…..the other gop candidates and Hillary will use it against him, no?

cmsinaz on August 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

That will be the new political selfie. Getting a mugshot for doing your job

ConservativePartyNow on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

an unusual name to chalk up to coincidence

Sheesh…the name isn’t that unusual at all. Just ask Jay Carney.

He personally knows three women named Rho Chalmers.

/

lynncgb on August 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

They’ve got a mugshot of Perry…..the other gop candidates and Hillary will use it against him, no?

cmsinaz on August 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I really don’t think he has anything to worry about.

Example 1

Example 2

joekenha on August 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Their story is that she was flinging spittle.

I think they didn’t want to get puke on them.

cozmo on August 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

#HandsUpDon’tPuke

VegasRick on August 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I personally know three Rho Chalmers. -Jay Carney

Flange on August 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Cue the LostMotherland quote Re: Rho Chalmers …

Mark Boabaca on August 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Hey Ed, make sure you share this post with that idiot Noah Rothman.

rcpjr on August 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Their story is that she was flinging spittle.

I think they didn’t want to get puke on them.

cozmo on August 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I know, I’m trying to figure out why Tequila Rosie’s handlers decided to claim the spit-mask was to conceal her identity considering she was also in a restraint chair.

I mean I know why, they’re spinning like tops, even so they all seem stupid on a level that makes everdiso look like the founder of Mensa.

Bishop on August 21, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Cue the LostMotherland quote Re: Rho Chalmers …

Mark Boabaca on August 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Man that’s one ugly broad?

You should see the picture of her and her husband floating around. They make Pamelyn Ferdin and Jerry Vlasic look like Brangelina.

Judge_Dredd on August 21, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Bishop on August 21, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Oh heck, just enjoy the spectacle.

cozmo on August 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Am I the only one who thinks Perry looks positively badass in that mugshot? A face that says, “Bring it, bee-atches!”

(In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a Perry fan — yet.)

CurtZHP on August 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Gotcha cpn and joe
:)

cmsinaz on August 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM

CurtZHP on August 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Oh go ahead. Join GG and ALyT. Your skirt and pom poms are over there ->.

cozmo on August 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Her involvement gives a judge all he needs to toss the indictment. Let’s see if a lib Texas judge wants to avoid the ridicule this grand jury and the DA is getting. I’m thinking yes, he will want to avoid that and he’ll toss the indictment.

Rational Thought on August 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

I’d wonder if the dems were behind this getting out. they need to this indictment to disappear, it’s killing them since anytime it’s mentioned the tape is part of it. if the indictment is thrown out for this they can always say perry skipped on a technicality. if it goes before a judge who throws it out since no law was broken its just more egg on the dems face.

chasdal on August 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Oh go ahead. Join GG and ALyT. Your skirt and pom poms are over there ->.

cozmo on August 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM

*adjusting very short skirt*

:)

gophergirl on August 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Not much of a mug shot. You wouldn’t know it unless you already knew it was a mug shot.

Red Creek on August 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

gophergirl on August 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Um, Hi there.

What brings a girl like you to a place like this?

Never mind the scum and villainy, the band is pretty good.

cozmo on August 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Her booze bill was over 4 thousand dollars for about 15 months buying Ciroq Vodka in 1.75 liter bottles!

tim c on August 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

For me, it’s not a political decision,” Chalmers said. “That’s what a grand jury is about – take the emotion out of it and look at the facts and make your best decision based on your life experience.”

Isn’t this a new, not to mention a disingenuous, twist on a Sotomayer comment?

In any event, saying that you are making a decision as a member of a grand jury not based on the law but based on your (personal) life experience, means you are making a political decision, because the personal is political for you.

Chalmers can manipulate the English language however she likes but the bottom line is that she is lying.

Dusty on August 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM

I’d wonder if the dems were behind this getting out. they need to this indictment to disappear, it’s killing them since anytime it’s mentioned the tape is part of it. if the indictment is thrown out for this they can always say perry skipped on a technicality. if it goes before a judge who throws it out since no law was broken its just more egg on the dems face.

chasdal on August 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

I would have to say yes. The Dems pulled the pin on a live hand grenade and tossed it away by starting this mess. Now they are looking for someone to hand the grenade too. Sucks to be them.

Johnnyreb on August 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

On a related note, I think every elected Republican official in Texas should be required to take a mug shot as they come in office. It would save time for the Travis County authorities.

Happy Nomad on August 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Is there a court date yet?

gophergirl on August 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I think there’s an arraignment tomorrow.

Midas on August 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

It seems Dems think that others that commit Free Speech (aka Mozilla) should be fired from their job, but DUI for a DA, Tax Evasion for a Treasury Secretary, or other little offenses like Rape, etc. should not disqualify the anointed ones from public service.

Yes, a partisan felon will do excellent at making Ethics decisions. Their side is overlooked, the other side gets nit picked.

The same standards need to apply to all.

Rick Perry was using the power of his office in a correct manner to force a change. In that he is standing up and fighting this makes the weasels look petty.

Jay Galt on August 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM

On a related note, I think every elected Republican official in Texas should be required to take a mug shot as they come in office. It would save time for the Travis County authorities.

Happy Nomad on August 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Too funny. Not bad advice, frankly.
*wipes coffee from iPad*

pambi on August 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

This farce needs to be thrown out immediately.

Jack_Burton on August 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Commie Corupt Democrat Party
MSM liars
Loon drunk on her a$$ liberal loon Democrat DA Travis County
State Senator Kirk Watson loon liberal lawyer from Austin
State Senator Royce West (boss of black cacus) Dallas Texas Democrat.
County Comish. Dallas County John Wiley Price, $950,000 in kick backs from fixing county bids on county work.
Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, now head of the U.S. Trade Delagation, appointed by Obama, big Democrat and personal friend of Obama and Holder.

All of the above directly connected at the hips and other parts.

The commie Democrats are corupt to the core of the whole lie based operation.

Even the easy on them middle of the road RINO’s give them a pass as they do not want the treatment Rick Perry is getting as we post.

Commie Democrats now live by lies, and when you call the lies out they turn political terrorist of the worst “union mob type” as the lies once shown will end their crime operations.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 21, 2014 at 12:14 PM

On a related note, I think every elected Republican official in Texas should be required to take a mug shot as they come in office. It would save time for the Travis County authorities thugs.

Happy Nomad on August 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Fixed.

earlgrey on August 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

*adjusting very short skirt*

:)

gophergirl on August 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Tease.

CurtZHP on August 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Perry’s the governor. Why doesn’t he just pardon himself?

Oldnuke on August 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

the equivalent of more than eight shots in an hour for a 150-pound woman

She is NOT a 150# woman. Ahem. Not unless everyone in Austin is really short.

GWB on August 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Honestly, a Travis County grand jury is pretty likely to contain a rabidly partisan Democrat or two, or 11 or 12.

Dolce Far Niente on August 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM

the equivalent of more than eight shots in an hour for a 150-pound woman

She is NOT a 150# woman. Ahem. Not unless everyone in Austin is really short.

GWB on August 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

If that heifer is 150 pounds, I’m skinnier than gophergirl.

CurtZHP on August 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Austin Texas Loon Democrats are infested with the Earth First type kooks of the worst sort.

They think CO2 is the end time tool.

They pray at the alter of the hockey stick fraud, they bow to the wind mills in Texas and mirrors in Az that kill the endangered eagles they buy feathers off the dead eagles from the “art” dist of Austin.

They are true bat sh!t crazy and a clear and present danger to U.S. and themselves and the poor eagles too.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM

The special prosecutor who presented to the grand jury is under investigation of witness tampering in defense of a felony murder by DUI case.

gonnjos on August 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Perry’s the governor. Why doesn’t he just pardon himself?

Oldnuke on August 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

When your enemy is busy eviscerating themselves, don’t interfere.

Immolate on August 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

It’s possible that there are two completely different people of the same name in Travis County, but Rho Chalmers seems like an unusual name to chalk up to coincidence. If it’s the same Rho Chalmers and she sat on the grand jury that produced this indictment, then it makes the action against Perry look even more like a political hit job

In engineering textbooks, the Greek letter Rho is used for density. Ms. Chalmers is well-named, and seems rather dense in the brain.

Steve Z on August 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

How did those kangaroos get in the grand jury room?

novaculus on August 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Perry 2016
Because He’ll dig up that d*mned garden and install a shootin range

God Bless Texas!

Gig em’

workingclass artist on August 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM

It looks like all she did was to confirm that she served on a grand jury. So who initially told the news organization to ask her that question? Perry’s lawyers?

jim56 on August 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM

It looks like all she did was to confirm she served on a jury. So who told the news organization to ask her that question? Perry’s lawyers?

jim56 on August 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Have you noticed that the prosecutors have not said anything on this case in the last week. They thought (wrongly of course) that they could get Perry to cower, but that is not happening, and just the opposite is.

I think the Dems will and are already regretting this decision. All they are doing is helping to make Perry case in 2016 of govt overreach

ConservativePartyNow on August 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

You’re right this did not go as the Dems expected it to. This is going to be a big win for Perry – it might even be the thing that endears him to the base enough to get him on the ticket. While it is good to have a Presidential candidate who can be above the fray it is very good to have a veep who can and will fight.

talking_mouse on August 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

“I don’t think you smell alcohol,”

She thinks.

I know.

corona79 on August 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

I just love it when Dems are hoisted on their own retards(sp)!

Ms. Anthrope on August 21, 2014 at 10:51 AM

In response to your (sp):
Petard. 1.explosive charge for breaching fortification: a small explosive charge or grenade used to blow a hole in a door, wall, or fortification
2.firecracker: a powerful firecracker.

I think, however, that your version is a better metaphor for the occasion.

AesopFan on August 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

I really don’t think he has anything to worry about.

Example 1

Example 2

joekenha on August 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM


OUCH!!!

DANG IT JOE, that second one hurt!!!!

Warn someone next time!

itsspideyman on August 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

The grand jury bill for the bags of kangaroo/chow must be gigantic! I would expect more than one of the grand jury members at that table.

Kneale on August 22, 2014 at 9:19 AM