Gov. Rick Perry arraignment date set

AUSTIN -- A state district judge set an arraignment date for Gov. Rick Perry, officials said Monday.

District Judge Burt Richardson set the arraignment for Friday, Aug. 22. Gov. Perry does not have to be present at the hearing.

Defense attorneys can file a motion to have the indictment thrown out, which would delay a trial or seek to have a trial within the next 90 days.

A Travis County grand jury indicted the governor on felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant on Friday. Last year, Perry vetoed $7.5 million in state funds earmarked for the Travis County District Attorney's Office after DA Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a DWI conviction.

Perry can continue to serve while under indictment and if convicted, but he could be stripped of office through a legislative removal process.

On Monday CNN reported that an arrest warrant was not issued for Gov. Perry, meaning that the governor will not be required to turn himself in for a mugshot and fingerprinting.


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