An Army sergeant in Austin, Texas, was convicted on murder charges Friday. Daniel Perry, 33, now faces life in prison over an incident from July 2020. Perry’s crime? Reaching for his handgun to take down a 28-year-old Black Lives Matter demonstrator who pounded on Perry’s car with an AK-47.
Perry’s claims of self-defense fell short, and the Army sergeant at Fort Hood was found guilty of murder after an eight-day trial followed by two days of jury deliberations. The case, however, brought by a far-left prosecutor funded by liberal financier George Sorors, never should have made it to trial. Charges shouldn’t have even been filed. The day after the verdict, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott ordered his pardon review board to prepare an act of clemency.
“Texas has one of the strongest ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws of self-defense that cannot be nullified by a jury or a progressive District Attorney,” Abbott wrote in a statement published on Twitter Saturday.
In Texas, the governor’s pardon powers are constrained by a state board appointed by the governor, which dictates when clemency may be given.
“I have made that request and instructor the Board to expedite its review,” Abbott said of Perry’s murder verdict Friday.
Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton took more direct aim at Perry’s prosecutor, José Garza.
“Self-defense is a God-given right, not a crime,” Paxton told Fox News. “Unfortunately, the Soros-backed DA in Travis County cares more about the radical agenda of dangerous Antifa and BLM mobs than justice.”
According to the Daily Mail, Garza received $600,000 from the Soros-backed Texas Justice and Safety PAC during his 2020 campaign.
“This week has shown us how rogue prosecutors have weaponized the judicial system,” Paxton added.
While Perry faced a guilty murder verdict in a Texas courtroom last week, another Soros-backed prosecutor was pursuing unprecedented charges against a former president in New York.
On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump pled not guilty to a 34-count felony indictment related to hush-money payments made in 2016. Altogether, the charges carry a maximum 136-year prison sentence over a case that prosecutors are pursuing a novel legal theory. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg claims Trump broke the law by falsifying business records for the purpose of influencing an election. The case is so weak that a dozen liberal law professors and Trump antagonists have even called the prosecution a dead end.
In 2021, Bragg’s campaign was bankrolled by another Soros-backed group, Color for Change, with a seven-figure cash infusion. The group later pulled back half its donation after Bragg faced his own allegations of sexual misconduct.
Each case offers warning signs of a politicized criminal justice system that prioritizes crackdowns on political enemies rather than an aggressive adherence to the law. Soros financing is at the center of the liberal makeover, with Soros-backed DAs now presiding over 1 in 5 Americans.
With more than $40 million from Soros pumped into local DA races, far-left prosecutors who pursue partisan charges while Main Street vandals run wild have gone virtually unopposed. The Perry verdict shows what can happen when ideologues are the top law enforcement officer in your own neighborhood.