NR Digital

Prosecuting Politics

by David French

In Texas, criminal law is being twisted to destroy officeholders

Something is very wrong with Texas politics. Its prosecutors have a disturbing habit of filing dubious criminal charges against Republican politicians—sometimes through complaints filed by angry Democrats, sometimes through complaints filed by angry Republicans. It’s a sad and sordid story.

In 1994, Travis County prosecutors indicted Republican U.S. senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and then—oddly enough—refused to present evidence against her at trial. Next in the crosshairs was Tom DeLay, then the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. Travis County prosecutors actually secured a conviction, only to see it overturned by the Texas Court of Appeals in 2013.

Send a letter to the editor.

Get the NR Magazine App
iPad/iPhone   |   Android