Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Delay indicted again: Former House Majority leader Tom DeLay was indicted again today, apparently after DeLay's lawyers pointed out that Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle shouldn't be practicing law -- or at least should be practicing a whole lot more because he sure doesn't have it down.
Travis County prosecutors rushed Monday to fix problems with an indictment against U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay by charging the Sugar Land Republican with the first-degree felony of money laundering.
Last week a Travis County grand jury ended its term by indicting DeLay on a charge that accused him of conspiring to violate state campaign finance laws. The problem with that indictment, according to DeLay's lawyers, was that the conspiracy law did not apply to the election code in 2002. The Texas Legislature changed the law, which went into effect Sept. 1, 2003.
So what does Earle do? He seats a grand jury and a couple hours later they return with another indictment.
That left Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle and his assistants presenting a complicated case to a group of grand jurors on their first day of meeting.
Prosecutors hoped to fix the problem by reindicting DeLay on charges that he conspired to launder corporate money into political donations. In 2002, the conspiracy law applied to money laundering.
It's a complicated case ... but it only took a couple of hours to get an indictment against
the ham sandwich DeLay.
It's also a charge that Earle apparently couldn't (or didn't) get the grand jury that was investigating DeLay for the past couple of years to hand down. This makes the Keystone Kops look like CSI:Travis County.
Something stinks in Texas, and I think it's wearing Ronnie Earle's suit.