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Perry Pleads Not Guilty

A defiant Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to supporters after his booking at the Travis County Courthouse on August 19, 2014.
A defiant Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to supporters after his booking at the Travis County Courthouse on August 19, 2014.

Gov. Rick Perry has waived his right to appear at his arraignment hearing on Friday morning and entered a plea of not guilty to two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official.

The Brief: Ice Cream and a Mug Shot for Perry

Mugshot of Governor Rick Perry, booked on two felony counts at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
Mugshot of Governor Rick Perry, booked on two felony counts at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

Call it the frozen custard heard round the world. Gov. Rick Perry and his booking on two felony counts late Tuesday afternoon captured national attention — on social media, most of all.

At Booking, Perry Reiterates Defense of Veto

Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.
Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.

After being booked on two felony counts — a process that took less than 10 minutes — Gov. Rick Perry again stood by his veto of public integrity unit funding and called his indictment "a chilling restraint on the right of free speech."

 

At Booking, Perry Reiterates Defense of Veto

Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.
Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.

After being booked on two felony counts — a process that took less than 10 minutes — Gov. Rick Perry again stood by his veto of public integrity unit funding and called his indictment "a chilling restraint on the right of free speech."

 

Analysis: Perry's Two-Track Defense

Rick Perry speaks at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth on Aug. 8, 2014.
Rick Perry speaks at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth on Aug. 8, 2014.

Gov. Rick Perry, who faces an indictment related to how he has used his political powers, is defending himself on two fronts: the legal one, where he has assembled an all-star team of lawyers, and the political one, where his storyline seems to be taking hold. 

Aug. 22 Arraignment Summons Issued for Perry

News crews anticipated that Gov. Rick Perry would be processed on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Travis County's Blackwell-Thurman Justice Center. Perry, who was indicted on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding, called the indictment without merit and politically motivated.
News crews anticipated that Gov. Rick Perry would be processed on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Travis County's Blackwell-Thurman Justice Center. Perry, who was indicted on charges related to his veto of public integrity unit funding, called the indictment without merit and politically motivated.

UPDATED: A summons has been issued for Gov. Rick Perry to appear for his arraignment in the 390th District Court on Aug. 22 — though he doesn’t have to appear in person. 

The Brief: Spotlight Shines on a Defiant Perry

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press a day after a grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power August 16th, 2014
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to press a day after a grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on charges of abuse of power August 16th, 2014

One consequence of announcing the felony indictments against Rick Perry late Friday was to give the governor the following day to begin his full-throated counterattack. That meant the front pages of the state's Sunday papers were dominated by pictures of a defiant Perry.

Video: Perry Talks Indictment, Border, 2016

Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, on August 6th, 2013.
Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, on August 6th, 2013.

Gov. Rick Perry said on Fox News Sunday that he stands behind his decision to veto funding for the state's public integrity unit, and he noted there have been some Democrats who have questioned the felony charges he's facing.

Five Things to Know About Perry Indictment

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to reporters on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, the day after a grand jury indicted him on two felony counts related to his veto of public integrity unit funding.

There is a lot we don't know about how the prosecution of Gov. Rick Perry will take shape. In the meantime, here are five things to remember about this case and its history as things move forward.