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Perry Vows To Keep Governing As Legal Team Preps For First Court Hearing
Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 07:07 AM CDT
On Wednesday morning, Governor Perry's legal team is gearing up for their first courtroom battle on Friday. The crowds of supporters and protestors may be gone outside the Travis County Courthouse, and as for the charges against him, Governor Perry says he won't let them distract him from continuing to do his job.
After addressing the crowds Tuesday, Perry was booked and had his mug shot taken, a mug shot he was not required to have because this was a summons and not an arrest warrant. Minutes later, he was back outside with his legal team. He spoke to the crowd, thanking the Travis County Sheriff's deputies for their professionalism before denying the charges against him once again, calling them "a chilling restraint on free speech".
"We don't resolve political disputes or policy differences by indictments," said Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX). "We don't criminalize political or policy disagreements. We will prevail."
Some Democrats see the situation differently.
"The governor is indicted for doing illegally what he can't do legally," said Jan Soifer, Chairwoman for the Travis County Democratic Party. "Lemberg was elected by the Travis County voters. The governor has no authority to remove her from office."
Perry's arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Friday. He is not expected to show up.