Gov. Perry booked on felony abuse of power charges

SOURCE: Travis County Jail
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Updated: 8/19 9:01 pm
WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press

AUSTIN, TX (AP) Gov. Rick Perry has been booked on two felony counts of abuse of power for carrying out a threat to veto funding to state public corruption prosecutors. Perry, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, turned himself in Tuesday at the Travis County courthouse. He vowed he'd fight the charges "with every fiber of my being."
   
The Republican is accused of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run by the Travis County district attorney's office.
   
Perry threatened to veto the funding if District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg didn't resign after a drunken driving conviction. Lehmberg refused, and Perry carried out the veto, drawing an ethics complaint.
   
Perry was indicted last week by an Austin grand jury. He's called the case a political ploy.

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8/19/2014 5:31:20 PM (GMT -5:00)
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Shark - 8/19/2014 11:33 PM
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When this goes to trial, the foolish accuser with confirmed anger management issues will testify about how she brought corruption to her department with her lack of ethics, and refusal to resign after her angry incident which went on television. The accused, will be exonerated in a court of law, and the accuser will be disgraced, and will then probably resign.
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