2014-08-20T035419Z_1_LYNXMPEA7J03P_RTROPTP_2_USA-TEXAS-PERRY

Indicted Texas Governor Perry has fingerprints, mug shot taken

Texas Governor Rick Perry and his attorneys Tony Buzbee and David Botsford are seen in the booking area at the Travis County courthouse in Austin, TexasBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. This indictment is fundamentally a political act that seeks to achieve at the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box,” Perry said after finishing the 15-minute processing at the Travis County criminal justice center, a short walk away from the governor’s mansion. The indictment has cast a shadow over a presidential run for Perry, who has ranked near the bottom of possible Republican candidates. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, over his veto of funding for a state ethics watchdog that has investigated prominent Texas Republicans.

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