Thursday, March 24, 2005

Texas Justice - Democrat Style

Tom DeLay has been in the news for awhile for possible campaign finance and ethics violations. Because Austin, the state capital of Texas, is located in Travis County, the District Attorney there has the power to prosecute certain state crimes. Travis County is a government and university town and votes heavily Democrat. As you might expect, the DA of Travis County is a Democrat, Ronnie Earle. Earle has been investigating the accusations against DeLay.

To give you some perspective, let's go back several years. Earle made several charges against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican. Hutchison's supporters claimed the charges were baseless and politically motivated. Some people suggested that Gov. Ann Richards, a Democrat, could just as easily be charged with similar offenses.

When the day of trial came, the D.A. asked for a continuance, arguing that his long investigation had not been long enough to prepare for trial. The judge denied the request and told the prosecutor to open his case. The prosecutor sat on his hands and did nothing--no opening statement, no witnesses, nothing. The judge dismissed the case.

In other words, when it came time to put up or shut up, D.A. Earle was ashamed to show his evidence. Rather than expose the weakness of his case, Earle embarrassed himself and Travis County. No matter. The Travis County voters have re-elected their hero in every election.

Think about that when you hear that Earle may bring charges against DeLay.

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