Monday, December 05, 2005

Part of DeLay Indictment Quashed

The Judge threw out the first indictment against Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), former Majority Leader. The first indictment charged DeLay with conspiracy to violate a prohibition against corporate contributions to candidates for Texas offices. The problem with the indictment was that the underlying crime was created by the Texas legislature after 2002, when the conspiracy allegedly occurred.

The judge did not reject the second indictment, which concerns money laundering. The second indictment was sought when the Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a liberal Democrat, realized that his first indictment was for acts that were not criminal. Earle could not get an additional indictment from the first grand jury, was not able to convince a second grand jury to indict DeLay, and then empaneled a third grand jury to obtain the indictment.

No one has ever before accused anyone in politics of money laundering in similar circumstances. We must note in this regard that D.A. Earle did not investigate any Democrats for doing the same things that DeLay is accused of doing.

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