His money-laundering indictment is still in pre-trial mode, due to politicization of Texas justice system and DeLay's countless appeals.
Last edited by Glinda; 08-28-09 at 02:46 PM.
Secondly; what does the Alpo case have to do with the false allegations that forced DeLay from office?
DeLay in 1986 but filed a fraud suit against DeLay, another partner and Albo Pest Control Co. in 1994, after being terminated. DeLay reached a confidential, out-of-court settlement with Blankenship in 1995.
As for the false allegations of money laundering, I have to laugh at your source and illustrate it here by pointing out the partisanship within it:
In theory, our legal system affords equal access to justice. But, as George Orwell offers in Animal Farm, some of us are more equal than others, and Tom DeLay is, in Texas politics, the most equal of all. Texas courts, which are notoriously political, are packed with Republicans who owe their careers to Tom DeLay, directly or indirectly. That makes the justice dealt out in the DeLay case justice without equal.
DeLay is now facing trial in Austin on charges of money-laundering. But his case has been bottled up by an appeals court dominated by Republicans. Ronnie Earle, a legendary prosecutor who has taken down far more Democrats than Republicans in his day, had hoped to end his career with this trial–but DeLay’s fellow Republicans insured that this would not happen. They waited patiently for Earle to retire and then handed down a preliminary ruling. The Republican judges find no reason why one of their colleagues who, before coming on the bench, said the DeLay prosecution was “politically motivated” could not then rule on the case. That reflects a novel understanding of the canons of judicial ethics, which–at least in places other than Texas–require that a judge handle his matters impartially. When a judge expresses an opinion on the merits of a case before it comes to him, that is prejudgment. It disqualifies him from participating in the case. Why this extraordinary departure from settled rules of judicial ethics? It appears that with one Republican recused, the court would have a tie vote, and DeLay would be denied the deus ex machina he is waiting for: a court ruling that the prosecution’s case is fatally defective.
But alas, the truth is that the reasons this case have dragged on as long as they have is the fact that there never was a case and the dismissals are on their third appeal.
The FACTS are this:
Last summer the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals confirmed the dismissal of a separate indictment against DeLay and his associates on a charge of conspiring to violate the state election code. The court ruled that conspiracy did not apply to election code violations until 2003 — a year after the $190,000 exchange — when the Legislature changed the law.
DeLay might be cleared of charges
DeLay was indicted on a conspiracy charge Sept. 28. A second grand jury considered the case after questions were raised about when the law on which the conspiracy charge was based went into effect, but the panel returned no indictment.
Days later, a third grand jury indicted DeLay on money-laundering charges, which carry five years to life in prison on conviction.
DeGuerin contends that Earle unlawfully participated in the second grand jury's deliberations to seek another indictment, and that Earle tried to "browbeat and coerce" grand jurors into filing criminal charges.
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So how many Grand Jury’s does it take to make any charges stick; three?
From the NewsMax.com Staff
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 3:28 p.m. EDT
Tom DeLay Wins Round in Texas Court
The highest criminal court in Texas on Wednesday refused to reinstate a dropped conspiracy charge against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Two charges - money laundering and conspiring to launder money - remain against the former congressman. He resigned last year amid allegations that he violated campaign finance laws to funnel $190,000 in corporate contributions to Republicans in the state's 2002 legislative elections.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled 5-4 against reinstating a count of conspiracy to violate the state's election code.
A state district judge threw out that charge in December 2005 after defense lawyers argued that the law DeLay was accused of violating didn't take effect until 2003. A regional appeals court upheld the judge's decision.
Tom DeLay Wins Round in Texas Court
So what he had here as a media supported Democrat smear campaign intended to impugn their political opponents in the court of public opinion rather than debate political ideas honestly and with integrity.
The only thing that amazes me these days is how anyone can support such a corrupt party with such corrupt political ideals.
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