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Court: No arrest warrant issued for Perry

Perry will not be required to surrender to police

AUSTIN, Texas – An arrest warrant will not be issued for Gov. Rick Perry amid allegations that he abused his power by trying to pressure a district attorney to resign.

According to the Travis County District Court and CNN, Perry is not required to turn himself into police.  Instead, a judge issued a summons, which means Perry does not have to surrender to be fingerprinted and photographed before his criminal case can proceed. 

The summons also means the special prosecutor and Perry's defense attorney will determine a convenient date for the governor to appear in court. A summons letter will be sent to Perry telling him when to appear. A date has yet to be set.

Perry was indicted by a Travis County grand jury on Friday on two felony counts stemming from his threat to veto funding for a statewide public integrity unit run by Travis Country District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, unless she stepped down, according to the special prosecutor in the case, Michael McCrum.

The case centers on Perry's June 2013 veto of the $7.5 million budget for the unit run by Lehmberg, after she refused his demand to resign following her drunken driving arrest and conviction.

Perry faces accusations of coercion of a public servant and abuse of his official capacity in connection with the threat and veto.

The governor says the indictment is politically motivated.


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