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Supporters cheer Texas Gov. Rick Perry as he surrenders

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he was charged because of his belief in the "rule of law" as he surrendered at the Austin courthouse.
By Frances Burns   |   Aug. 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM
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AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Supporters chanted "Perry, Perry, Perry" as Texas Gov. Rick Perry arrived at the Travis County Courthouse to surrender to authorities Tuesday.

Perry said he responded to charges of felony abuse of office with "my head held high."

"I'm here today because I believe in the rule of law. I'm here today because I did the right thing," he said.

Perry was indicted Friday. The charges involve his veto of funding for a public integrity unit headed by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after she refused to resign following her arrest on drunk driving charges.

The first Texas governor to face criminal charges in more than a century, Perry was to be booked and photographed.

"We will prevail," he told his supporters.

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