Tuesday, October 04, 2005
No Delay In Re-indicting Delay
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ONE MORE THING: If I understand the news reports correctly, Earle just started scrambling around today, or at best within the last day or two, looking for a new grand jury with no prior knowledge of the DeLay matter. And he already had an indictment for "money laundering" by this afternoon? Unbelievable. If this is really correct, someone in Texas needs to take a hard look at their criminal justice system.I haven't been able to find the new indictment yet, but this would be a state money laundering statute. One would think this would be extremely hard to prosecute successfully, because the contributions cited were all reported. I will have to find Texas' money laundering statute. Anyway, it appears that in Travis County, Texas you can empanel a grand jury and indict a ham sandwich in one day. That's efficient, to be sure.
FINALLY, I PROMISE: The reprehensible Ronnie Earle admitted in a press conference on September 28 that he wasn't able to get a "money laundering" indictment out of the grand jury that had been sitting in this matter for goodness knows how many months. Now, in a matter of hours, he has gotten a brand new grand jury to return such an indictment--ex parte, with the grand jury hearing from no one but Earle and, presumably, a witness or two.
To some the issue is how they feel against Delay. To me the issue is whether the courts are being misused for what is essentially a political battle. To review the bidding
- Earle is quoted as having given a speech at a Democratic fundraiser in which he discussed his attempt to indict Delay.
- He did, but the indictment he got from the grand jury was not the one he wanted.
- It looks like DeGuerin will get the original indictment quashed, because the law under which Delay was indicted was not in effect at the time the contributions were made.
- So we have another grand jury and a money laundering indictment - the one Earle could not get from the previous grand jury.
See (insert dem name here) run. Run (name), Run.
Dingo - You'd be screaming, I think, if the same type of charges had been leveled against Hillary in conjunction with that case earlier. (I would have been too.)
SC&A - It's weirdness.
As for Hillary - how many investigations have the Clintons gone through? I don't know if DeLay is guilty or not guilty on the current charges. He may be innocent. But you will never convince me that he has not broken the law somewhere along the way.
This kind of reminds me of some weird NY mob boss story. You know he is a crook because everyone else surronding him is a crook and he is the leader, but there is never any direct evidence against him.
I suspect they can't really get him for conspiracy to launder money, though. Not if the reports that those contributions were reported are true. And if those contributions weren't reported, Delay should be up on federal charges like the poor guy whose name I forget who got off.
But filing indictments that can't be brought to trial is iffy. We'll see how this comes out. Earle may go down instead of Delay.
He might actually get more votes if he were to get thrown in jail from the see they are out to get me crowd.
Think about it.
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