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Rick Perry won't have to surrender for arrest after indictment

The felony case against Rick Perry can go forward without the Texas governor surrendering for arrest.
By Gabrielle Levy   |   Aug. 18, 2014 at 12:15 PM
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AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry will not be subject to an arrest warrant following his indictment on felony charges of coercion and abuse of official capacity.

A judge instead issued a summons, meaning Perry will not need to surrender to be fingerprinted and photographed for the criminal case against him to proceed.

He will eventually be booked at a time negotiated by Perry's attorney, David Botsford, and special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, explained Pete Schulte, a Dallas trial attorney who represents high profile clients.

Botsford will call McCrum and figure out a time and a jail to do a walk-through for fingerprinting and mugshot when the booking area is cleaned up and empty," Schulte said. Perry could turn himself in to any of the state's 254 county jails, Schulte said, but if he wants a recognizance bond, he'll likely go through Travis County, where he was indicted.

Perry is accused of wrongdoing in his line-item veto of $7.5 million in funding from the Travis County Public Integrity Unit after its district attorney, Rosemary Lemberg, was convicted of drunk driving.

The governor, who has been openly positioning himself for a second run at the presidency for 2016, denied any wrongdoing and called the indictment a "farce of a prosecution."

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