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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Grand Jury Re-Indicts DeLay on New Charges

ABC News:

Rep. Tom DeLay was indicted for a second time in less than a week by a Texas grand jury looking into campaign contributions, a development the former U.S. House majority leader called 'an abomination of justice.' The latest indictment, for one count of conspiring to launder money and one count of money laundering, was brought hours after DeLay's lawyers attacked on technical grounds another indictment handed down last week. District Attorney Ronnie Earle did not return repeated phone calls from The Associated Press, but legal experts say the new charges from the Democratic prosecutor were likely filed to head off a potential problem with the previous charge.
It seems more and more likely to me that DeLay will avoid conviction in this matter. I have mixed feelings about that. One the one hand, he is a type of politician I very much dislike, focused on power and perogatives without much principle. One the other hand, even if this prosecution is totally legit and not political, it certainly feels political. While that isn't anything new, prosecutions for political purposes could damage us far more than DeLay's slime ever could. Pretty much, there isn't a 'win' anywhere as far as I am concerned.


Blogger Cubicle said...

"Pretty much, there isn't a 'win' anywhere as far as I am concerned."

Actually i disagree. If we get rid of delay permantly, the people win.

10/04/2005 08:27:00 AM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

Not if as a result politically motivated prosecutions become more common.

How you get results matter as much as the results you get. I would be happy if DeLay were gone. If he really did do something illegal, he should be prosecuted, and hopefully convicted. I am unsure that he did anything that was technically illegal.

10/04/2005 08:31:00 AM  

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