Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted for Abuse of Power: Booked, fingerprinted, and had mugshot taken
On Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Texas Governor Rick Perry presented himself at the county courthouse for booking on two felony counts after a grand jury indicted him on abuse of power for his attempts to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg and for carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors.
Lehmberg was arrested last year for driving while intoxicated and Gov. Perry attempted to remove her from her position as a District Attorney. Lehmberg was arrested in April of last year after a witness called 911, describing her as driving erratically, swerving back and forth into a bike lane and into oncoming traffic.
According to reports, officers at the scene found an open bottle of vodka in her car, and a blood sample obtained hours later on that evening showed a blood alcohol level of 0.239 — almost three times the legal limit in Texas.
Lehmberg’s arrest attracted headlines for her alleged belligerent behavior after she was brought to the police station.
Reports claim that Lehmberg was yelling and insulting police officers and demanded that they call Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton.
According to the arrest report she was allegedly slurring her words, disoriented and very clearly intoxicated.
Gov. Perry was booked on two felony counts for allegedly carrying out political threats.
Before walking into the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Gov. Perry said, “I’m going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being.
And we will prevail.”
Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, was indicted for coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit, which investigates wrongdoing by elected officials and is run by the Travis County District Attorney’s office.
The governor threatened the veto if District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg stayed in office after a drunken driving conviction.
Lehmberg refused to resign and Perry carried out the veto, drawing an ethics complaint from a left-leaning government watchdog group.
Many top national conservatives, and some Democrats also, have lined up to support him, including some potential future White House rivals.