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Gov. Rick Perry booked into Travis County jail

Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 01:35 AM CDT
Fox 4 News - Texas Governor Rick Perry was booked into the Travis County Criminal Justice Center in Austin following his indictment last Friday on charges of abuse of power.

Before being booked in, Perry made a few statements to reporters. 

Sheriff's deputies took his his mug shot and fingerprints and then released him.

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(Friday) AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors.

The Republican governor is accused of abusing his official powers by publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit at the Travis County District Attorney's office. He was indicted by an Austin grand jury Friday.

Perry said he'd veto the funding if the district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, didn't resign. Lehmberg had recently been convicted of drunken driving. The state's Public Integrity Unit operates out of her office. When Lehmberg refused, Perry carried out his veto, drawing an ethics complaint.

Perry is the first Texas governor indicted in nearly a century.

He's leaving office in January, but he's a possible 2016 presidential run.
Gov. Rick Perry booked into Travis County jail


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