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Aug 20, 2014 7:58 AM

Texas' Perry Smiles for Mug Shot, Gets Ice Cream

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry is pressing forward after a criminal indictment with a smiling mug shot and an ice cream run.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate will now lean on his high-powered legal team to try to quickly extinguish two felony charges. Perry was booked and fingerprinted Tuesday at the same Travis County courthouse where a grand jury indicted him last week.

The longest-serving governor in Texas history has dismissed the case as a political ploy. He's planning to maintain a busy travel schedule of courting GOP voters, and even splurged for a vanilla ice cream cone after being booked.

An arraignment is set for Friday, but Perry doesn't have to attend.

Perry is accused of abusing his power after vetoing state funds for public corruption prosecutors last year.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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