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(Tom) DeLay jurors warned to focus on case - "too many unrelated questions" (legal decision today?)
Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 23, 2010, 7:31PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE

Posted on 11/24/2010 8:29:08 AM PST by a fool in paradise

Jurors considering the political money laundering case against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Tuesday delved deep into the evidence, but asked so many legal questions that the judge warned them that they were getting off track...

DeLay had with him a copy of Empire of the Summer Moon, a recent nonfiction book about the Comanche people and their famed chief, Quanah Parker, and a TouchPoint Bible that allows readers to find Scripture relevant to their lives.

"No demons, nor angels nor DAs can keep you separated from the love of Jesus Christ," DeLay said, playing off of a verse from Romans 8.

The jury ended the day about 4:30 p.m. by telling visiting District Judge Pat Priest, "We're making some progress, but we'd like to go home."

That brought their deliberations to four hours on Monday and seven on Tuesday.

The jury of six men and six women consists of a Republican, six Democrats, two independent conservatives and three independent liberals, DeLay said.

He said he was putting his faith of acquittal with the liberals because they were more empathetic. "I know them like they're my brothers and sisters," DeLay said.

The forewoman, a Greenpeace activist named Katie Stotts, studied anthropology at Southwestern University in Georgetown. A full list of jurors is sealed...

Several times the judge turned down jury down requests to clarify the law on money laundering. He granted their requests to review thousands of pages of e-mail messages, telephone records and a Federal Express receipt that showed when a blank check was delivered to Washington, D.C.

However, when the jury asked Priest for federal law not involved in the case, he told them, "I'm afraid you may be getting away from the decisions you must make."...

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2006election; abuseofpower; austin; austintexas; chrisbell; cultureofcorruption; delay; democratscandals; getdelay; houston; kangaroocourt; nifongism; partisanwitchhunt; pelosicongress; railroaded; redistricting; ronnieearle; stealingcongress; tomdelay

1 posted on 11/24/2010 8:29:16 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; ...
The jury of six men and six women consists of a Republican, six Democrats, two independent conservatives and three independent liberals, DeLay said.

Independent liberals like Bernard Sanders (Socialist)?

2 posted on 11/24/2010 8:31:16 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: a fool in paradise
asked so many legal questions that the judge warned them that they were getting off track...

Hey Your Honor, why don't you let the jurors do their job? They aren't there just to pull the lever for you.

3 posted on 11/24/2010 8:34:58 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: a fool in paradise

a GREENPEACE activist is the forewoman??

an overwhelmingly liberal jury??

Oh, yes, this is a “fair” trial.... he may as well be judged by a jury of left-wing bloggers....


4 posted on 11/24/2010 8:36:32 AM PST by Enchante (What if the Olberdork returned to the air - and no one notices.... or cares?)
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To: a fool in paradise

“The forewoman, a Greenpeace activist....”

That alone would have be packing and looking for a way out of the country.


5 posted on 11/24/2010 8:37:32 AM PST by Gator113 (Sarah Palin can win, and she will win.)
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To: Enchante

Didn’t his lawyers even participate in the jury selection process?


6 posted on 11/24/2010 8:40:38 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Gator113

So long Tom, it was nice knowing you. Maybe I can get by to see you on visiting day.

Well: Let’s give the jury a chance, but it looks like Tom is on a liberal hay ride to the Greystone Hotel.


7 posted on 11/24/2010 8:41:15 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Enchante

Sounds like they can’t convict him under state law so they are trying to find something in the Federal statutes (or maybe even Scottish or Islamic law I suppose).


8 posted on 11/24/2010 8:46:41 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: a fool in paradise

“putting his faith of acquittal with the liberals because they were more empathetic”

Oh, my! Liberals are the most vicious creatures on this planet. DeLay is doomed.


9 posted on 11/24/2010 8:46:55 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: Venturer

If he’s lynched by this kangaroo court, I expect that he will appeal the decision.


10 posted on 11/24/2010 8:47:49 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: a fool in paradise
The forewoman, a Greenpeace activist named Katie Stotts, studied anthropology at Southwestern University in Georgetown.

Oh, great. Greenpeace. Anthropology. Is that why DeLay lets himself be seen with a book about Native Americans as well as the Bible?

Well, it only takes one juror to deadlock. Let's hope at least one of them has the guts and honesty to do that, if necessary.

11 posted on 11/24/2010 8:51:45 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: BenLurkin
asked so many legal questions that the judge warned them that they were getting off track...

>> Hey Your Honor, why don't you let the jurors do their job? They aren't there just to pull the lever for you. <<

Actually, the judge is correct. The problem with this case is that it hasn't been established that if Delay did what they accuse him of that it would actually be a crime. The jury is trying to establish a crime then decide whether Delay is guilty of it or not. The judge needs to control how far afield the jury goes in establshing was a crime committed.

12 posted on 11/24/2010 9:02:48 AM PST by CMAC51
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To: a fool in paradise

I thought he was found not guilty already. When is this witch hunt ever going to end?


13 posted on 11/24/2010 9:06:09 AM PST by cake_crumb (Why do we call them "pat downs" when they're obviously "feel ups"?)
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To: a fool in paradise
Seems to me (but maybe I'm wrong) that clarify the law on money laundering. is the important part.
14 posted on 11/24/2010 9:12:43 AM PST by Jaded (Stumbling blocks ALL AROUND, some of them camouflaged well. My toes hurt, but I got past them.)
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To: cake_crumb

I believe that was the federal case they were trying to develop against Mr. DeLay.


15 posted on 11/24/2010 9:27:01 AM PST by Rannug (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-qH02g4DLI)
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To: Enchante

The best he can hope for is a hung jury with the Republican saving his Bacon.


16 posted on 11/24/2010 9:41:06 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Try to find a pool of conservative jurors in Austin, TX. The libs were probably fighting each other to be on the jury.


17 posted on 11/24/2010 9:51:23 AM PST by smokingfrog ( ><}}}}}}}(0>)
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To: a fool in paradise
This has been the mother of all witch hunts. DeLay is being railroaded. He is guilty of nothing. Unfortunately for him, when he is exonerated, where does he go to get his reputation back?
18 posted on 11/24/2010 9:54:12 AM PST by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: smokingfrog
True. In Austin, the Greenpeace lady may have been considered the Republican!

Just goes to show that show trials aren't only for foreign dictators.

19 posted on 11/24/2010 9:56:55 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: smokingfrog

Oh! Yeah! Forgot it was Austin.


20 posted on 11/24/2010 10:03:03 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: cake_crumb

I thought he was found not guilty already. When is this witch hunt ever going to end?


He never went to trial in the Fed case. They dropped the investigation. All that is left is the state case started by Ronnie Earle back when he was DA in Travis County.


21 posted on 11/24/2010 10:08:32 AM PST by deport
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To: a fool in paradise
He said he was putting his faith of acquittal with the liberals because they were more empathetic. "I know them like they're my brothers and sisters," DeLay said

Goodness, is DeLay gone mad too, imitating something Jack French Kemp would have said?

22 posted on 11/24/2010 11:22:28 AM PST by Theodore R. (Rush was right when he said America may survive Obama but not the Obama supporters.)
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To: Enchante

This is in Austin, Texas—the Liberal core of Texas.


23 posted on 11/24/2010 12:21:08 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles
"This is in Austin, Texas—the Liberal core of Texas."

did you mean "the liberal ANUS of Texas"....?

yes, it's hard to believe that Tom Delay can get a fair and impartial trial in that nest of socialist wet dreams but we'll see what happens.... from what I've read about the case, the "charges" are a total crock and no remotely sensible person could find him guilty.
24 posted on 11/24/2010 12:29:37 PM PST by Enchante (What if the Olberdork returned to the air - and no one notices.... or cares?)
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To: CMAC51

iffen this is the trial stemming from the 2007/2008?? timeframe, i was pretty sure Delay did what he did, BUT there was no law at that time addressing it. Later a law was passed(i think) , and was after the Delay action.

Whole thing was seen as a futile exercise because no law existed to be broken.


25 posted on 11/24/2010 12:39:54 PM PST by urtax$@work (The best kind of memorial is a Burning Memorial.........)
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To: urtax$@work

Jury found him guilty on 2 counts...facing life in prison


26 posted on 11/24/2010 4:17:14 PM PST by Jrabbit
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To: a fool in paradise

While I’m a conservative in ideology, I’m not at all partisan when it comes to giving any government official his due when it comes to ethics or corruption convictions.

I favor the flat policy that ANY official regardless of political ties or position that has taken an oath of office to the USA Constitution and to the people (and that includes judges, DAs, elected officials, cops etc ) needs to face life in prison if they are found guilty of corruption. I’d give them one appeal but that would be it.

It would make a huge difference in ethics of Congress and others if their lives were put on the line. You would no longer see even the slightest perception of misbehavior.


27 posted on 11/24/2010 5:31:26 PM PST by apoliticalone
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