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Texas Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, showing no sign of worry, angst or despair in his mug shot.

In fact, the man looks downright dashing in his booking photo:

Rick Perry Mug Shot

Rick Perry was indicted Friday. Other than him threatening to "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being," you would never know such a thing occurred.

The 64-year-old flashed a thin, confident grin beneath his always-perfect hair, then headed to a local Austin eatery for ice cream, which he Tweeted about.

The Republican, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, was indicted for carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors.

The longest-serving governor in Texas history is accused of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the public integrity unit.

Perry threatened the veto if the county's Democratic district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, stayed in office after a DUI conviction, then made good on it.

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A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for abusing the powers of his office, but the longest-serving governor in state history denies any wrongdoing.

Rick Perry Glasses

Perry allegedly abused the powers of the governor's office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.

He promised publicly to nix $7.5 million in funding over two years for the public integrity unit run by the office of Travis County D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg.

This threat took place after Lehmberg, a Democrat, was convicted of drunken driving last year, but refused Perry's calls to resign from her position.

No one disputes that Perry is allowed to veto measures approved by the Legislature, as he did in following through on his promise to axe the funds.

By using public pressure to boast that he would do so as a means of trying to Lehmberg to quit, however, the grand jury felt he broke the law.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's "disgusted" by a California newspaper cartoon depicting him boasting about booming business in the Lone Star State.

The next frame depicts the West, Texas plant explosion.

Booming Business Cartoon

Perry said he wants an apology from the Sacramento Bee on behalf of the town, which suffered a huge loss of life in the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion.

Ten of the 14 people killed were first responders.

In a letter to the Bee's editor, the four-term Republican Governor said it "was with extreme disgust and disappointment I viewed your recent cartoon."

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Texas teachers could be armed with guns themselves following Friday's stunning Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

The state's governor, Rick Perry, has expressed support - at least for allowing districts to determine whether their teachers can carry concealed weapons.

Texas Guns

It has also been reported that one Texas district already permits teachers to pack concealed handguns in class; Perry says he is open to expanding the idea.

Perry told the NE Tarrant County Tea Party on Monday evening:

"In the state of Texas, if you go through the process, have been trained, and you are a handgun-licensed individual, you should be able to carry a gun anywhere in the state."

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