Prosecutor: "No Date" on When Perry Will Be Processed

Prosecutor: "No Date" on When Perry Will Be Processed

The special prosecutor who secured an indictment last week against Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that he's still discussing with defense attorneys about how and when Perry will be processed.

The special prosecutor who secured an indictment last week against Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that he's still discussing with defense attorneys about how and when Perry will be processed. 

"There's some discussions with no date or time," said Michael McCrum, the San Antonio attorney appointed to be special prosecutor in the case. 

Last Friday, grand jurors indicted Perry on two felony counts that accuse him of overstepping his authority with how he removed $7.5 million from the state's anti-corruption unit when Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg — whose office houses the unit — refused to step down after a 2013 drunken driving arrest. Perry has denounced the indictment, saying they were without merit and that he was acting with his constitutional right as governor.

McCrum issued a summons, not an arrest warrant, for Perry to be processed. He said he does that in cases with an unlikelihood of a flight risk. But it's unclear whether Perry will have a mugshot and fingerprints taken. 

Linda Estrada, with the Travis County district clerk's office, said any appearance by Perry at the Travis County Criminal Justice Center, where bookings typically take place, would not be happening Monday. 

"All those decisions are going to be made by the judge," Estrada said.

Staffers with state District Judge Julie Kocurek's office could not be immediately reached. 

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/08/18/will-gov-perry-be-booked/.

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