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Texas Gov. Rick Perry turns himself in, poses for mug shot

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Photo: Video by TRAVIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Texas Gov. Rick Perry turns himself in, poses for mug shot

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 19, 2014

Texas Governor Rick Perry has turned himself in.

The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate was booked Tuesday on two felony charges related to his handling of a political controversy.

Perry, who is the longest serving governor in Texas history, is accused of abuse of power by threatening to veto state funding for an ethics unit ran by Rosemary Lehmberg, who is Travis County's district attorney. Perry had demanded that she resign after she was convicted of driving drunk. Lehmberg, who is a Democrat, refused to do so.

Perry ultimately carried out his threat, vetoing $7.5 million that was earmarked for the Public Integrity Unit.

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According to the New York Times, Perry is the first sitting Texas governor to be indicted in nearly a century. He was indicted by a grand jury in Austin.

Perry spoke to reporters and a crowd of supporters at the Travis County Courthouse before he was photographed and fingerprinted. He said that he was entering with his "head held high" and vowed to fight the charges with every fiber of his being.

Perry was back outside the courthouse in less than 10 minutes, according to Houston.com.

The indictment was returned on Aug. 15. Perry says the charges are an "outrageous" political attack.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to NowTrending.com.