Rick Perry Booked on Felony Charges
Governor has his mugshot taken, vows to be vindicated
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2014 6:07 PM CDT
Gov. Rick Perry's booking photo.   (Travis County Courthouse)

(Newser) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry smiled for his police mugshot and promised to be vindicated on abuse-of-power charges today. Perry turned himself in at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin on the felony accusations, reports Reuters. “I'm here today because I believe in the rule of law," he said before entering the courthouse to be booked, reports the San Antonio Express-News. "I'm here today because I did the right thing. I'm going to enter this courthouse with my head held high knowing that the actions that I took were not only lawful and legal but right."

The governor's case stems from allegations that he tried to intimidate a Democratic district attorney into resigning after she was charged with drunken driving. When she refused to do so, he made good on a threat to veto funds for the public corruption unit she was running. For the record, Perry is charged with one count of abuse of official capacity and one count of coercion of a public servant. The first is a felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and the second is a lesser felony punishable by two to 10 years. (As for the mugshot, he apparently heard experts' advice to ditch the glasses.)

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dan6807
Aug 23, 2014 6:48 PM CDT
It may be political but it is also the law. Rick Perry is trying to down play it but the corruption side from his brother doesn't make him guiltless. He may be laughing now but paying later. His personality seems to be nothing worries me I do as I please.
hondo66
Aug 21, 2014 6:30 AM CDT
This is a clear case of the 'crats trying to smear Perry's reputation and Presidential bid. Turns out this whole charade started when a 'crat bureaucrat was convicted of DUI yet didn't resign. Perry vetoed funding for a pet program of the sleazy bureaucrat and they retaliated with a slanted grand jury indictment. Rick Perry will be found innocent, of course but we don't want this 'crat game of dirty pool to win out here. One other question- what score did B. O. shoot yesterday at the golf course ?
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Aug 20, 2014 11:23 PM CDT
No corrupt politician in this country EVER willingly goes to jail. They bail out bankers, kill innocents and retire. I smell a rat. Time for honest journalists (if there are any left) to dig deeper.