Tribpedia: Rick Perry

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James Richard "Rick" Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, was sworn in as the state's 47th chief executive on Dec. 21, 2000, replacing then-Gov. George W. Bush upon his ascendancy to the White House. Perry was elected to a four-year term in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010. On July 8, 2013, Perry announced he would not ...

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

Analysis: Crime, Politics and Travis County

Accusations about criminalizing politics go hand in hand with indictments of political figures. But prosecutors in Travis County have fumbled enough big cases to give the officeholders they chase some room for argument. Gov. Rick Perry is the latest in a long line of public officials to cry politics when the grand juries issue indictments.

Front and back of T-shirts with Gov. Rick Perry and District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg mugshots, provided by RickPAC at a Manchester, N.H. event on Friday.
Front and back of T-shirts with Gov. Rick Perry and District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg mugshots, provided by RickPAC at a Manchester, N.H. event on Friday.

Perry Indictment Gets Own T-Shirt

Gov. Rick Perry has  attacked the premise of his indictment as politically motivated “farce.” At Republican gatherings in this crucial primary state, where Perry opinion ahead of a possible presidential run, it was hard to find folks who disagreed with his take on the charges. And some wore that viewpoint – literally.

Video: Perry's Week in Review

From the charges to a post-booking ice cream stop, we recap the headlines since a Travis County grand jury handed down an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry related to his threat to veto funding for the state’s public integrity unit.

Disclosure: Tony Buzbee was a major donor to The Texas Tribune in 2012. A complete list of Texas Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here

New England journalists surround Gov. Rick Perry after Friday's Portsmouth business luncheon.
New England journalists surround Gov. Rick Perry after Friday's Portsmouth business luncheon.

Days After Booking, Perry Swings Through New Hampshire

If Gov. Rick Perry decides to make another run for president, he will be more prepared this time around, he said Friday, kicking off a short swing through a crucial early primary state. Texas’ longest-serving governor is scheduled to mingle with New Hampshire Republicans at six events through Saturday.

Austin attorney David Botsford speaks to the media after Gov. Rick Perry's indictment on August 18, 2014.
Austin attorney David Botsford speaks to the media after Gov. Rick Perry's indictment on August 18, 2014.

Perry Lawyers Will Challenge Indictment Next Week

A lawyer for Gov. Rick Perry told a judge Friday that he will challenge felony charges that arose from Gov. Rick Perry's threat to veto state funding for public corruption prosecutions if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg would not resign in the wake of a drunk-driving conviction. 

 

Gov. Perry and his lead attorney, Tony Buzbee, walk to Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center for his booking on Aug. 19, 2014.
Gov. Perry and his lead attorney, Tony Buzbee, walk to Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center for his booking on Aug. 19, 2014.

Analysis: For Perry, It's All in the Timing

Gov. Rick Perry might come out of his criminal indictment smelling like a rose, but he'll have to be quick about it. His hopes for another bid for president depend on ending his legal troubles quickly. Heavy campaigning for the Republican nomination will be underway in just a year.

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.

A Week After Perry's Indictment, Legal Case Begins

After a week of defiance, press conferences and an unusual rally to mark his booking on felony charges, Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team makes its first courtroom appearance on Friday, kicking off the more mundane legal process that could begin to offer a better glimpse at the case against the governor.

 

 

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to step down after her April 2013 drunken driving arrest, and Gov. Rick Perry vetoed funding for the public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.

The Brief: Restoration of Funding for Public Integrity Unit in Limbo

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that in the days before Gov. Rick Perry's indictment over his veto of funding for the public integrity unit, the Travis County DA's office had requested the next Legislature to restore most of the unit's funding.

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.

Perry Attorneys: Cancer Agency Probe Not Basis of Veto

The state investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT, had nothing to do with Gov. Rick Perry's veto of $7.5 million in funds earmarked for the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County district attorney's office, defense attorneys for the governor said Thursday. 

Meet Lawyers on Both Sides of the Perry Indictment

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, facing felony charges related to his threat to veto funding for the state's public integrity unit, has assembled his legal defense dream team. Here's a look at the strengths and stats of both the attorneys representing him and the prosecutor appointed to investigate him.   

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.

Perry Will Tap Campaign Account to Pay Attorneys

UPDATED: Gov. Rick Perry, who has been using taxpayer dollars to pay the defense lawyers fighting his felony indictments, will tap campaign funds from now on, his spokesman said Wednesday night. "This is an assault on the Constitution," the spokesman said. "We don't want it to be an assault on the taxpayers as well."

An example of how Gov. Rick Perry's signature appears on hundreds of state documents, left, compared to his signature on court documents filed this week related to his indictment.
An example of how Gov. Rick Perry's signature appears on hundreds of state documents, left, compared to his signature on court documents filed this week related to his indictment.

Perry's Court Signature Differs From His Official One

Gov. Rick Perry's unusual signature — long a source of fascination — looks strikingly different in the legal documents he had to sign related to his recent indictment.

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.

Perry Pleads Not Guilty

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.

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.

The Brief: Ice Cream and a Mug Shot for Perry

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.

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.

At Booking, Perry Reiterates Defense of Veto

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."

 

 

 

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

Perry Expected to Be Booked Today

Travis County deputies say they expect Rick Perry to be booked between 4 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday — the same window when supporters are expected to rally at the courthouse in defense of the Texas governor as he fights two felony indictments.

 

 

 

Craig McDonald, the director of Texans for Public Justice, is shown at his group's Austin office on Aug. 18, 2014.
Craig McDonald, the director of Texans for Public Justice, is shown at his group's Austin office on Aug. 18, 2014.

Meet the Group That Sparked the Perry Indictment

Texans for Public Justice, the liberal-leaning group that filed the complaint that led to Gov. Rick Perry's indictment last week, has a history of messing with Texas politicians. Critics have accused Texans for Public Justice of doing Democrats' dirty work, but Director Craig McDonald said the group is solely focused on accountability and ethics. 

RickPAC Ad Defends Veto, Features Lehmberg's Arrest

In an ad featuring clips of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's outrageous conduct during her 2013 drunken driving arrest, Gov. Rick Perry's federal political action committee defends Perry's veto of funding for the state's public integrity unit, which is housed in the Travis County DA's office.

The nearly two-minute ad from RickPAC shows a timeline of Lehmberg's arrest and conviction. Along with clips of her arrest, the ad features comments from Perry's statement Saturday addressing his indictment. "We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country," Perry said.