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Jury chosen for Tom DeLay's money laundering trial [Texas former congressman]
AP via American Statesman ^ | 10-26-2010 | JUAN A. LOZANO

Posted on 10/27/2010 3:49:39 PM PDT by deport

AUSTIN, Texas — A jury was chosen Tuesday in the trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a once powerful but polarizing politician accused of illegally financing Texas GOP legislative races in 2002.

The panel of six men and six women, along with two alternates, was selected after attorneys spent more than eight hours quizzing potential jurors about whether their political beliefs could interfere in their ability to make an impartial decision. Most said it wouldn't affect them........

DeLay is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted of money laundering, he faces from five years to life in prison. The conspiracy charge carries a prison term of two to 20 years. DeLay has chosen for the judge, not the jury, to sentence him if he's convicted.

DeLay and two associates — Jim Ellis and John Colyandro — are accused of taking $190,000 in corporate money collected by a state political action committee that DeLay started and illegally funneling it through the Republican National Committee in Washington to help elect GOP state legislative candidates in 2002.

Under Texas law, corporate money cannot be directly used for political campaigns.......

DeLay was once one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress, earning the nickname "the Hammer" for his heavy-handed style.

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(Excerpt) Read more at statesman.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: delay; texas; tomdelay; trial

1 posted on 10/27/2010 3:49:44 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport

No one died, or suffered physical or mental anguish or impairment, and yet such a “crime” can merit life imprisonment!!?? Incomprehensible!!


2 posted on 10/27/2010 3:56:25 PM PDT by Elsiejay (.)
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To: Elsiejay

What trial??? Didn’t he already spend time in jail?


3 posted on 10/27/2010 4:02:47 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: Elsiejay

I once did government “fund” accounting and this sounds like they probably did a “fund-swap” which happens all the time. You receive $190K that can be used only for one purpose and that money replaces funds that you send out that can be used for the other purposes.


4 posted on 10/27/2010 4:05:08 PM PDT by joltinjoe
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To: jackibutterfly

What trial??? Didn’t he already spend time in jail?


Not yet anyways. The Feds were also investigating him but later dropped their efforts.


5 posted on 10/27/2010 4:08:59 PM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting ends Friday, Oct. 29......... Get out and vote and take someone with you)
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To: deport

You mean Ronnie Earle’s fishing expedition may have caught something? He has been fishing for so long I figured he would have run out of bait by now. What a partisan hack!


6 posted on 10/27/2010 4:15:21 PM PDT by GeorgeTex (Obama-Four M President (Mendacious Manchurian Muslim Marxist))
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To: deport

This is the farce of the century.

Nothing compared to all the corruption on the left that no one seems to care about.


7 posted on 10/27/2010 4:22:45 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: deport

WHAT money Laundering??? I haven’t even HEARD of him doing money laundering!! I thought this crap was over YEARS AGO!!


8 posted on 10/27/2010 4:36:57 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: deport
This sounds like the dems are angry enough at the tsunami to be digging into all the possibilities for ways to punish Republicans, no matter how old or trivial they may be.

The next arrow in their payback quiver will be to dig up Nixon and impeach him.

9 posted on 10/27/2010 4:41:48 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Ann Archy

I thought this crap was over YEARS AGO!!


Nope this just has taken this long to get to the courts.


10 posted on 10/27/2010 4:43:42 PM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting ends Friday, Oct. 29......... Get out and vote and take someone with you)
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To: deport
Just keep telling the big lie long enough and it becomes the truth.

They sure hated DeLay. The only way they could get him was through abuse of the legal system.

I hope Ronnie Earle suffers a lot before he sheds these earthly coils.

11 posted on 10/27/2010 4:54:48 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I hope Ronnie Earle suffers a lot before he sheds these earthly coils.


I think he got a little come uppence just this past primary season. He retired at the end of 2008 and ran for Lt. Gov. in the democratic primary in Feb of this year. He got only 34% of the dem primary vote. So I guess he found out he wasn’t the golden boy he may have thought he was.


12 posted on 10/27/2010 5:05:08 PM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting ends Friday, Oct. 29......... Get out and vote and take someone with you)
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To: deport

From what I understand, they are trying to prosecute him based on a law that was not in affect at the time (but is now).


13 posted on 10/27/2010 6:22:43 PM PDT by smokingfrog (Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake.)
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I don’t see how that would be feasible to use a law that wasn’t in place at the time the alledge violations occurred. This thing has been back and forth with appeals etc and is finally getting to trial.


14 posted on 10/27/2010 6:32:03 PM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting ends Friday, Oct. 29......... Get out and vote and take someone with you)
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To: deport

Wow, I never knew that Earle ran for lt. gov. Missed that one. But I don’t trust Austin juries.


15 posted on 10/27/2010 10:05:05 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Rush was right when he said America may survive Obama but not the Obama supporters.)
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To: GeorgeTex
Some one needs to take a good hard look at Ronnie Earl.

Delay is not the first of his victims.

16 posted on 10/28/2010 3:29:18 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Jimmy Valentine

I agree. This sleaze bag carries political vendettas at will.


17 posted on 10/28/2010 3:51:45 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: smokingfrog; deport; txhurl; lormand; basil; wolfcreek
From what I understand, they are trying to prosecute him based on a law that was not in affect at the time (but is now).

That is correct. I think this will - or should be thrown out without a trial, but the current dim DA will want to try to give ronnie earle something for his retirement.

18 posted on 10/28/2010 6:56:31 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Apparently they tried to get the charges dismissed but to no avail according the the following:

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/politics/entries/2010/08/25/tom_delay_will_be_tried_in_aus.html?cxntfid=blogs_postcards

Tom DeLay will be tried on money laundering charges in Travis County, beginning on Oct. 26, Senior Judge Pat Priest ruled today.

His ruling came at the end of two-days of pre-trial hearings in which he ruled against the defense motions to dismiss the charges against the former U.S. House majority leader.


19 posted on 10/28/2010 7:06:57 AM PDT by deport (TEXAS -- Early Voting ends Friday, Oct. 29......... Get out and vote and take someone with you)
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To: deport

Just read the comments there, and you can see why they want the trial in Austin.


20 posted on 10/28/2010 8:48:21 AM PDT by smokingfrog (Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Is there a statute of limitations for such offenses?
21 posted on 10/28/2010 1:48:43 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: wolfcreek

I thought there was, but looks like this is going to trial. I think if it is thrown out, DeLay should sue ronnie earle for everything he is worth and go after him for jury shopping.


22 posted on 10/28/2010 2:08:11 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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