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Texas Gov. Perry booked on felony charges

Gov. Rick Perry's mug shot after he was booked on abuse of power charges on Aug. 19, 2014.
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Gov. Rick Perry's mug shot after he was booked on abuse of power charges on Aug. 19, 2014.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was booked at a county courthouse on felony charges that accuse him of abusing his power by carrying out a threat to veto funding to state public corruption prosecutors.

Perry, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, reported to the Travis County Courthouse on Tuesday. The Republican has called the case a political ploy, and many top Republicans are supporting him.

He's accused of coercion and official oppression for promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run by the Travis County district attorney's office.

Perry said he'd veto the funding if District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg didn't resign after a drunken-driving conviction.

Lehmberg refused and Perry carried out the veto, drawing an ethics complaint.

—By The Associated Press

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