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      • From: "Wilhelm Kuhlmann" <wilhelmkuhlmann@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
      • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 16:49:45 GMT

Well, the great unraveling of the Bush Crime Family has begun. Tom DeLay,
House Majority Leader, has been indicted for criminal conspiracy by a Texas
Grand Jury. Currently on the frontpage −−

BREAKING NEWS House Majority Leader Tom DeLay indicted on one count of
criminal conspiracy by Texas grand jury, according to Travis County clerk's

Now the usual Republican apologists will claim that the District Attorney,
Ronnie Earle, is a partisan Democrat. I don't think so. During his career
as DA, he has prosecuted twelve Democrats and three Republicans. Although
Earle has already indicted several close associates of DeLay, the
speculation was that DeLay would escape indictment because of jurisdictional

Conspiracy charge a possibility for DeLay
Travis County grand jury to weigh indicting House leader, lawyers say

By Laylan Copelin


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's leadership post is on the line today
as a Travis County grand jury is expected to consider indicting DeLay on
conspiracy charges, several lawyers familiar with the investigation said.

The charges would stem from the DeLay's role in using corporate money in the
2002 elections. State law generally bans corporate money from campaign

"I wouldn't have expected this a year ago," one Austin criminal defense
lawyer said. "It's quite a turnaround if it happens."

Those same lawyers, though, expect the grand jury to take no action against
Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick, Texas Association of Business President

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Bill Hammond or state Reps. Diane Delisi and Beverly Woolley for their roles
in the election. The lawyers requested anonymity because of the sensitive
nature of the grand jury's discussions.

Grand jury proceedings are secret, and jurors took no action Tuesday. Even
as DeLay, a Republican from Sugar Land, continued to insist that he did
nothing wrong, his defense team has been bracing for the worst.

An indictment would not force DeLay to resign as a member of Congress, but
the GOP's rules would demand that he resign his post as majority leader.

Wednesday's secret vote by the grand jury could mark the end of a three−year
investigation into whether DeLay and his Republican and business allies
illegally spent corporate money to help elect a Republican majority to the
Legislature in 2002. In turn, state lawmakers drew congressional districts
urged by DeLay that gave Texas Republicans more clout in Washington. The
lawmakers also elected Craddick, a Republican from Midland and a DeLay ally,
as their speaker.

DeLay had appeared to escape criminal scrutiny as early as last year when
Travis County prosecutors concluded that they did not have the jurisdiction
to pursue election code violations against him. Under the law, only DeLay's
local district attorney, a Republican, had jurisdiction, and he expressed no
interest in trying to topple the second most powerful Texan in Washington.

But a conspiracy charge would fall under the criminal code, not the election
statute that bans corporate money from being spent on a campaign.

That tactic is what defense lawyers fear − and would give Travis County
prosecutors jurisdiction over DeLay.

A conspiracy charge would likely allege that DeLay worked with others to
circumvent state law.

But DeLay's political committee, Texans for a Republican Majority, as well
as the Texas Association of Business, used corporate money on what GOP
officials claimed was committee overhead or issue advertising and not
campaign−related activity.

Prosecutors have investigated whether the money actually was spent in
connection with a campaign.

Over the past year, Travis County grand jurors have indicted three DeLay
associates − John Colyandro, Jim Ellis and Warren Robold − as well as eight
corporate donors, the Texas Association of Business and DeLay's Texans for a
Republican Majority.

In recent days, the broad−based investigation has focused on one particular
transaction that could tie back to DeLay.

In late September 2002, Colyandro, the executive director of Texans for a

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Republican Majority, sent a blank check to Ellis, who is DeLay's primary
fundraiser in Washington.

According to the money−laundering indictment returned against those two,
Ellis was accused of having the Republican National Committee launder
$190,000 of corporate donations into noncorporate money to seven Texas House
candidates, including Austinites Jack Stick and Todd Baxter.

If the grand jury takes action against DeLay, several lawyers expect it be
related to that transaction.

As late as Tuesday, Travis County prosecutors were interviewing Republican
National Committee staffers about their roles in the transaction.

Even if DeLay is indicted, many Republicans will breathe a sigh of relief
that Craddick and others won't be indicted.

Theoretically, prosecutors could ask another grand jury to consider charges
between now and the Nov. 2 anniversary of the 2002 election, when a
three−year statute of limitations expires. But the defense lawyers expect
today to be the last chance for 2002 allegations.

"What will you know in October," one defense lawyer said, "that you didn't
know the past six months?"

Wilhelm Kuhlmann (ramashiva)


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