Texas Governor Rick Perry Turns Self In; Officially Charged

AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry surrendered himself to the Travis County Jail at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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Gov. Perry spoke to the press before and after he entered the Criminal Justice Center.

Gov. Perry supporters were holding sings that said, "The power of the veto," and "We are proud of you, governor." People against Gov. Perry held signs that said, "I miss Ann Richards," and "Nice mugshot, criminal."

As Gov. Perry walked up to the Criminal Justice Center, people were heard chanting, "Perry! Perry!"

Addressing the crowd, Perry said, "I'm here today [Tuesday] because I did the right thing. The actions I took were lawful, legal and right. If I had to do so, I would veto money for the Public Integrity Unit, again."

Entering the Criminal Justice Center, with his 'head held high,' Gov. Perry walked into the CJC to have his mugshot and fingerprints taken.

After Gov. Perry surrendered to the Travis County Jail, the Governor thanked the deputies for courteous treatment, and he said, "This indictment is fundamentally a political act. I will not be distracted by this baseless, political charges."

Gov. Perry said he will 'prevail,' and his supporters again chanted, "Perry! Perry!" as he left the CJC.

"This is a complete waste of time and money, but he will do everything everyone else would have to do [in this situation]," said Perry's lead attorney, Tony Buzbee.

Perry is currently facing two felony counts for abuse of power in his response to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's DWI arrest in April 2013.

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CBS News is reporting that Perry's legal team includes a number of well-known attorneys, including Ben Ginsberg, who has long been a staple in Republican politics. He represented former President George W. Bush in the 2000 Supreme Court case that awarded him the presidency, served as counsel to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012, and acted as the co-chair of President Obama'selection reform commission.

"This is an outlandish prosecution. It will never, ever ever stand," Ginsburg said Tuesday on "CBS This Morning."

"It is unprecedented, it is outside the bounds. I think that's why you see so many people who are not Rick Perry supporters, who are Democrats, saying how wrong this indictment is."

Perry has indeed highlighted the fact that even David Axelrod, a former adviser to Mr. Obama, called the indictment "pretty sketchy" on Twitter. Republicans have been quick to defend him as well.

Even the New York Times, making clear they are no fan of Perry's governing tactics, says his prosecution is wrong.


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