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What's Next For Texas Gov. Perry?

Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 09:50 PM CDT

He was charged and now he's been booked. And KEYE TV was there when Texas Governor Rick Perry turned himself in to the Travis County Justice Center Tuesday afternoon.

Gov. Perry is used to walking the halls of government buildings. This time he walked into the Travis County jail as a defendant.

He turned himself in after being indicted Friday on two felony charges of coercion and abuse of powers.  The charges come after an alleged threat to veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign.  Lehmberg served jail time after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated. 

The PIU investigates corruption allegations among Texas government officials.

Standing outside the Blackwell Thurman Justice Center he told the media and a crowd of supporters.  "I'm going to enter this court house with my head held high, knowing the actions I took were not only lawful and legal, but right!"

Whether it was legal will soon be up to a court to decide.  Perry has a pretrial hearing Friday morning.  He's not expected to attend.

Meanwhile it's business as usual for Perry.  He still plans to travel to early voting states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina as speculation continues over his run for president in 2016.  At the same time Perry vows to put up a fight. "I'm gonna fight this injustice with every fiber of my being, and we will prevail, and we'll prevail because we're standing with for the rule of law!" he exclaimed.

We have learned there was no arrest warrant for Perry, just a summons to appear in court.

So he did not have to turn himself in, it's something he and his legal team chose to do.

(Photo from the Travis County Sheriff's Office.)

By Melanie Lofton

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What's Next For Texas Gov. Perry?


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