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8/20/2014 (9 months ago)

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Fingerprinted, smiling for mug shot, Perry is arrested on public corruption charges

Under duress, Texas Governor Rick Perry maintained an upbeat and positive attitude. Arriving at the Travis County courthouse in Austin for booking and fingerprinting, Perry gave a warm smile for his mug shot. He's charged with felony corruption charges surrounding a veto he issued last summer that denied funding to a prosecutor that he had demanded should resign.

Under duress, Texas Governor Rick Perry maintained an upbeat and positive attitude. Arriving at the Travis County courthouse in Austin for booking and fingerprinting, Perry gave a warm smile for his mug shot.

Under duress, Texas Governor Rick Perry maintained an upbeat and positive attitude. Arriving at the Travis County courthouse in Austin for booking and fingerprinting, Perry gave a warm smile for his mug shot.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/20/2014 (9 months ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Texas Governor rick Perry, indictment, legal defense tam, arraignment


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Overall, Perry seems to be without apologies. "If I had to do so I would veto funding for the public integrity unit again," Perry said at a press conference prior to his booking.

Indicted last week by a state grand jury on the charges, Perry denounced them as "nothing short of an attack on the constitutional powers of the office of governor."

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"This prosecution would seek to erode the power of all Texas governors, Republican or Democrat, to v

"This prosecution would seek to erode the power of all Texas governors, Republican or Democrat, to veto legislation and funding that they deem inappropriate," Perry said.


After the 10-minute processing, Perry returned to the front of the courthouse, calling the charges an attack on the power of officials in the state.

"This prosecution would seek to erode the power of all Texas governors, Republican or Democrat, to veto legislation and funding that they deem inappropriate," Perry said. Perry added that he believes the indictment seeks to achieve through the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box.

Perry later posted to Twitter that he went out for ice cream.

Perry later posted to Twitter that he went out for ice cream.


Perry later posted to Twitter that he went out for ice cream.

"I will not be distracted by these baseless, political charges," Perry said.

He faces one charge of abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and one charge of coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony.

Perry, who appears to be considering a 2016 presidential bid, has repeatedly pledged to fight the ch

Perry, who appears to be considering a 2016 presidential bid, has repeatedly pledged to fight the charges.


Both charges stem from a threat Perry made last summer to veto $7.5 million in state funding for the public corruption unit of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned after a drunken driving charge. After she refused to step down, Perry carried out his veto.

Perry, who appears to be considering a 2016 presidential bid, has repeatedly pledged to fight the charges. If Perry is convicted, he will be the longest serving Texas governor in the history of the Lone Star State. He could face up to 99 years in prison on the abuse charge and up to 10 years in prison on the coercion felony charge.

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