Yesterday the Republican politician was forced to turn himself in and yes, take a mugshot. Or a photograph for a campaign poster. We really can’t tell.
The booking process only took 10 minutes, letting Perry get back to denouncing the charges against him, calling his indictment “a chilling restraint on the right of free speech.” If you recall, Perry was indicted on two counts — abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.
“This prosecution would seek to erode the power of all Texas governors — Republican or Democrat — to veto legislation and funding that they deem inappropriate,” Perry told a throng of supporters and media outside the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin.
“This indictment is fundamentally a political act that seeks to achieve at the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box.”
Perry’s first charge carries a five- to 99-year prison sentence. Coercing a public servant can land him in jail for two to 10 years.
SOURCE: Texas Tribune | PHOTO CREDIT: Police Department