AUSTIN (KXAN) – Friday’s indictment for Texas Gov. Rick Perry will result in a summons and not an arrest warrant meaning it’s unlikely at this point that the governor will have a mug shot taken today.
KXAN’s Chris Sadeghi spoke with Travis County District Clerk’s Office who says a summons means Perry would not be required to do a “walkthrough” booking where fingerprints and mug shots are taken. Instead, the governor would only be required to show up for his appointed court date. His court date is set for 9 a.m. on Aug. 22. It was moved up from the 29th after a scheduling conflict.
However, the governor’s attorney tells KXAN that he plans to file an arraignment waiver which would allow Perry to skip the hearing. Perry’s schedule has him traveling on Friday.
The clerk’s office tells KXAN Perry’s summons to appear in court will be issued after the court date is set. Friday, special prosecutor Michael McCrum announced he would meet with Perry’s attorney to set the timeline.
Under Texas law, warrants and summons are virtually identical; the main difference is that a warrant requires a defendant to be arrested while a summons requires he or she be in court at a specified date and time. State law allows a magistrate to issue either a warrant or a summons as he sees fit. A warrant can be issued when there is threat of absconding; in this case, Perry lives literally across the street from the court.
Perry will eventually have to be booked and have a mug shot taken. The timing on that front hasn’t been made available.