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Perry Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges

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Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT News
Gov. Rick Perry addresses a gathered crowd of media, supporters and protesters at the Travis County Courthouse where he surrendered himself to county authorities to be fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken.

Gov. Rick Perry has pled not guilty to charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant, both felonies. The charges stem from Perry's threat to veto funding for the Travis County District Attorney's anti-corruption unit, unless DA Rosemary Lehmberg resigned.

The governor and his lawyers decided to waive Friday's scheduled arraignment at the Travis County courthouse. Perry's private lawyer David Botsford submitted the waiver of arraignment to the court yesterday when he was booked at the Travis County Criminal Justice Center on Tuesday.

Below you can see a copy of the waiver:

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Credit Travis County Sheriff's Office

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