Travis County officials have apparently decided that our governor is not a flight risk.
Officials tell Newsradio 1200 WOAI that a warrant will not be issued for Rick Perry's arrest, following his indictment on Friday on abuse of office charges.
Instead, Bexar County State District Judge Bert Richardson, who is the judge assigned to the case, will issue a summons for Perry to appear in court in Travis County at a date and time to be worked out among the lawyers involved in the case.
That means the governor will not have to report to the Travis County jail and be fingerprinted and photographed, as many other accused felons are.
Kimi King, who is a political science professor at the University of North Texas, says Perry appears to have a good handle on the importance of the optics of this case.
"Over the weekend he went on an attack to make public statements all along the way, and now he says he will get back to the business of the people," she said.
King says it is in Perry's best interest to throw up as many roadblocks as possible to this case making its way through the courts.
"The longer it goes on, the more damage it does," she said. "It will just act as a lightning rod to highlight other differences about Perry."
Perry is accused of using his office improperly by threatening to veto a state funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit if District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg didn't resign after she was arrested for drunk driving.
The summons means Perry will not have to immediately be booked and fingerprinted, and a mug shot take, although officials say that will take place eventually.