A judge isn't issuing an arrest warrant for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a court official said Monday, and the Republican is planning to continue going around the country gearing up for a possible 2016 presidential run — despite being indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power back home.
Perry on Friday became the first Texas governor since 1917 to be indicted, and is facing charges that carry a maximum sentence of 109 years in prison for carrying out a threat to veto funding for the state's public integrity unit last summer.
Perry has emphatically denied all wrongdoing. His attorneys scheduled a Monday afternoon news conference in Austin to discuss their next moves.
Linda Estrada, a Travis County grand jury clerk, said that the judge overseeing the case, Bert Richardson, decided against issuing an arrest warrant.
Instead, Perry will receive a summons which has not been issued yet. He eventually will have to be booked and fingerprinted.
A grand jury in Austin indicted Perry for carrying out a threat to veto $7.5 million in funding for the state's public integrity unit after Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, refused to resign following a drunken driving arrest. The ethics watchdog unit is housed under Lehmberg's office.
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See the video below where Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is being booked after her drunken driving arrest. Youtube: KOKEFM Austin