Gov. Perry's 1st Hearing Scheduled, Bond Set

The first hearing in Gov. Rick Perry's indictment case will be on Aug. 22 at 9 a.m., NBC 5 confirmed late Monday.

Perry, who was indicted Friday on charges of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run, does not have to attend the hearing.

Perry's attorneys said they don't know when he will be booked on abuse of power charges -- but that it won't happen in secret.

His bond will be set at $25,000, but he's expected to be freed on personal recognisance.

Houston-based defense Tony Buzbee said Monday that he will head Perry's high-powered legal team. The Republican and longest-serving governor in Texas history has been indicted on two felony counts.

Buzbee said the governor is "going to let everyone know" when he will be booked, fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken. Perry's attorneys and a special prosecutor are still working that out.

Buzbee also dismissed the case as "nothing more than banana republic politics."

A warrant won't be issued for the arrest of Perry following his indictment on two felony charges of abuse of power.

Linda Estrada, a grand jury clerk in Travis County, said Monday that the judge overseeing the case decided against issuing an arrest warrant.

Estrada said that Judge Bert Richardson decided instead that Perry will receive a summons to appear. The summons has not been issued yet.

Perry's defense attorney and the state will set a date for him to appear in court. NBC 5's Julie Fine confirmed with Perry's office that it will not happen Monday. Perry can also waive that arraignment.

Attorneys in Austin told NBC 5 that Perry has three options on how to deal with the indictment. He can fight it in court, he can work to get the indictment thrown out or there could be a plea bargain.

On Saturday, Perry vowed to fight a criminal indictment in a defiant response.

Perry called two felony counts of abuse of power issued by an Austin grand jury "outrageous" and made no apologies for his 2013 veto that prompted a criminal investigation.

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