Texas Gov. Perry Arrives for Booking on Charges

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has arrived at a county courthouse for booking on felony charges that accuse him of abusing his power by carrying out a threat to veto funding to state public corruption prosecutors.

Perry, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, reported to the Travis County Courthouse on Tuesday. The Republican has called the case a political ploy, and many top Republicans are supporting him.

He's accused of coercion and official oppression for promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run by the Travis County district attorney's office.

Perry said he'd 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.

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