Texas Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside an Austin courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."
The Republican, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, was indicted after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors. He has long called the case a political ploy, and supporters chanting his name and holding signs -- some saying "Stop Democrat Games" -- greeted him when he arrived at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin.
"I'm going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being. And we will prevail," Perry said before walking inside the courthouse, where he set off a metal detector but didn't break stride as he headed toward an office to have his fingerprints and mug shot taken.
The photo shows Perry with a thin smile and without his black-framed glasses.
The longest-serving governor in Texas history was indicted last week 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. Perry threatened the veto if the county's Democratic 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.
Perry was indicted by a grand jury in Austin, a liberal bastion in otherwise fiercely conservative Texas.
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