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Rick Perry to Turn Himself In on Charges He Abused His Power

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:50:09 +0000

Stewart F. House/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry will turn himself in Tuesday on charges that he abused his gubernatorial power, his attorneys said.

Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was indicted by a grand jury on two counts Friday. Prosecutors say he abused the power of his office by trying to force the resignation of a Democratic district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, who oversees the state’s public integrity unit.

The Texas governor faces charges of coercion and official oppression for vetoing funding for the state's public integrity unit last summer to force Lehmberg to leave office.

When he turns himself in on Tuesday, Perry is expected to be fingerprinted and have his mugshot taken. He will not be allowed to wear his glasses in the photo due to standard procedures, according to the Travis County Sheriff's Department.


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