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Gov. Perry Expected To Turn Himself In This Week
Updated: Monday, August 18 2014, 02:51 PM CDT
2:45 p.m. UPDATE: Gov. Rick Perry's legal team to make announcement at 3 p.m. WATCH HERE: http://bit.ly/17ZK58V
Right now we are waiting to see if Governor Rick Perry will turn himself in to the Travis County Jail. He faces two felony charges of abusing his power by withholding state money.
As of Monday morning, jail records show Perry had not been booked into the Travis County Jail. He faces two felony charges of abusing his power by withholding state money. Democrats are calling on Governor Perry to step down, but he refuses. If Perry is convicted on both charges, he faces a maximum of 109 years in prison.
Over the weekend, Governor Perry was anything but silent. On "Fox News Sunday", he defended the veto that led to the grand jury's indictment for one charge of Abuse of Official Capacity and another for Coercion on a Public Servant. Perry is accused of threatening to deny state funds to the Travis County Public Integrity Unit unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigned following her drunk driving conviction in 2013. He eventually blocked more than $7 million in funding to the unit. Perry says he has no regrets about his actions.
"I stood up for the rule of law in the state of Texas, and if I had to do it again I would make exactly the same decision," Perry said during his interview on "Fox News Sunday".
Governor Perry also denies the funding veto had anything to do with the Public Integrity Unit investigating his administration.