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Perry's Court Signature Differs From 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.

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.

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

For years, Gov. Rick Perry has drawn some mocking for his official signature. His use of widely spaced print letters, including a lowercase E followed by the two capital R's, drew enhanced attention during his run for president in 2012. Some called Perry's signature bold and self-assured. Others said it looked like the work of a Muppet.

Yet in court documents related to this week's booking for his indictment on felony charges, Perry's signature looks like that of a completely different person.

Asked about the differences in his signature styles, Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said, "That's just how he signs his full name."

Perry was charged with abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant related to his decision in 2013 to veto state funding to the Travis County district attorney’s office after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign after pleading guilty to drunken driving.

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