Tuesday, December 06, 2005

WaPo: DeLay's Felony Charge Is Upheld

DeLay's Felony Charge Is Upheld: "A Texas judge upheld a felony indictment yesterday of former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) on charges of money laundering in connection with the Texas election in 2002, while dismissing a separate DeLay indictment for allegedly conspiring with aides to violate the state's election law that year.

The decision to let stand the money-laundering charge, which carries a more severe penalty, was a blow to DeLay, whose lawyers had hoped the judge would dismiss all counts in the indictments. If that had happened, he would have sought to regain the leadership post he relinquished in September under rules barring such posts to lawmakers accused of felonies."

I have to laugh because the first time I head this news was catching a Fox Radio News special report on a local rightwing talk stations (I was scanning!), which breathlessly reported that "DeLay had been vindicated"... and then quickly mentioning other charges remained. Later I find one of the conspiracy charges was dismissed, but another remains and he still faces felony charges.


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