On Tuesday, counsel for Sgt. Daniel Perry asked for a fresh trial. Late last week, a jury convicted Perry guilty of murder in connection with an incident involving an AK-47-toting far-left demonstrator.
Clinton Broden, the defense attorney, argued that the jury should be given a new trial because District Attorney Jose Garza, whose campaign was supported by George Soros, hid information that would have exonerated the defendant.
Perry claims he shot and killed Garrett Foster on July 25, 2020, in self-defense. Murder conviction for Perry, but not for the more serious charge of severe assault.
once the incident, Perry wasn’t immediately prosecuted, but once Garza assumed office in 2021, he decided to press charges.
David Fugitt, the chief investigator on the case, released a statement calling Garza’s actions “criminal.”
To exonerate Daniel Perry, Fugitt stated, “I talked to the District Attorney’s Office several times about how to present evidence.” The District Attorney’s Office apparently didn’t want the grand jury to see the evidence that would exonerate Daniel Perry, as one witness told me.
He testified that he was advised by the Travis County Attorney’s Office to exclude evidence that might have exonerated him from the grand jury. My original PowerPoint presentation of 158 slides was reduced to 56, and nearly all of the evidence that might have exonerated me was ordered destroyed. It seemed like my only option was to comply with their demands.
After Garza informed the DA’s office that exculpatory evidence couldn’t be disclosed in the case, Fugitt claimed that “the behavior of the DA’s office went from being very unethical to being illegal.”
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, made his intentions to pardon Perry known over the weekend.
According to a statement released by Abbott, “Texas has one of the strongest “Stand Your Ground” laws that can’t be overturned by a jury or a progressive District Attorney.” According to the Texas Constitution, “the Governor may only grant a pardon if the Board of Pardons and Paroles recommends it, unlike the President or some other states,”
Abbott argued that the Board of Pardons and Paroles has the authority to determine whether or not a convicted felon should be granted a pardon because of the state’s “permission to pardon” statute. I have requested this, and instructed the Board to move swiftly with its evaluation. As soon as the Board’s pardon recommendation reaches my desk, I will gladly approve it. In addition, I have made it a major priority to report corrupt district attorneys, and legislation in Texas is currently being drafted to make that a reality.
Abbott’s decision to target “rogue District Attorneys” follows Ron DeSantis’s order for law enforcement to remove a “woke” Soros prosecutor from power in Florida. This is the only time a governor has ever dismissed a Soros prosecutor from office.