Texas Gov. Rick Perry turns himself in for grand jury indictment


Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned himself in to local law enforcement on Tuesday, where he was booked and had his mug shot taken following a grand jury indictment accusing him of abusing power while in office.

Perry was indicted on Friday for carrying out a veto threat that withheld state funding for the government watchdog group responsible for investigating corruption and police scandals. Officially, the former presidential candidate – and potential 2016 contender – was charged with felony counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of public servant, charges that carry maximum punishments of 99 years and 10 years in prison, respectively.

The case in question dates back to last year, when Perry used a veto threat in an attempt to pressure District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign her post as the leader of the state’s Public Integrity Office. Lehmberg – whose arrest for drunk driving initiated Perry’s demand – refused to leave her position, leading the governor to withhold $7.5 million in funding for the agency.

A grand jury was formed to look into the case after the Texans for Public Justice (TPJ) watchdog group said Perry used his veto to coerce Lehmberg into quitting her job. Perry and his supporters, however, point to the fact that he is allowed to veto parts or all of any legislation passed by lawmakers.

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