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Texas DA who prosecuted Tom DeLay has mud on face again
The American Thinker ^ | 11-27-13 | David Paulin

Posted on 11/27/2013 9:51:28 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

Ronnie Earle's problematic record as Travis County District Attorney is coming back to haunt him - yet again. Earle, a Democrat, made a name for himself with some clever legal sophistry: specifically, he convinced a gullible jury in liberal Travis County, Texas, that former Republican House Speaker Tom DeLay was guilty of "money laundering" related to his funneling of campaign contributions to Republican candidates. A Texas Appeals Court recently dismissed the charges, ruling DeLay had broken no laws. Delay had called the prosecution the criminalization of politics.

Now, another case overseen by Earle in the liberal enclave of Travis County has come back to haunt the flamboyant district attorney. It concerns the case of Fran and Dan Keller, former day care owners in Austin whom prosecutors claimed had engaged in outrageous satanic rituals and sexual abuse with the children entrusted to their care. The married couple had always maintained their innocence. On Tuesday, Mrs. Keller, 63, was released after 21 years in prison when the case against her fell apart. Her husband Dan, who turns 72 on Friday, is expected to be released within days, said defense lawyer Keith Hampton. Both were serving 48 year sentences.

The case, like California's Martin preschool trial, was part of national hysteria over alleged sexual abuse with Satanic overtones in the 1980s and early 1990s. Psychologists and therapists were subsequently criticized for having implanted the bizarre allegations into the minds of children.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: childabuse; keller; ronnieearle; tomdelay

1 posted on 11/27/2013 9:51:28 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That idiot is still around?


2 posted on 11/27/2013 9:52:00 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

It’s Earle who should be serving time.


3 posted on 11/27/2013 9:54:54 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: afraidfortherepublic

21 years . WOW

Time to find a nice lawyer. I would make it my life’s work to ruin that SOB.


4 posted on 11/27/2013 9:55:00 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Olog-hai

Agreed, he needs to do 21 years twice over.


5 posted on 11/27/2013 9:55:45 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: headstamp 2

Hell will do that to him.


6 posted on 11/27/2013 9:57:39 AM PST by KStorm (Mere geographical location is what makes some people Americans.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The sensational turn-of-events comes on the heels of another miscarriage of justice in the area that sent Michael Morton to jail for 25 years for killing his wife. He was innocent, as DNA evidence revealed a number of months ago. Judge Ken Anderson in nearby Williamson County, who's prosecuted Morton as district attorney, recently gave up his law license and served a stint in jail - part of a plea bargain for having withheld evidence during the trial. Morton was subsequently exonerated, and DNA evidence linked another man to the murder of his wife and another woman, Debra Masters Baker.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg -- who helped to prosecute Tom DeLay and has vowed to pursue charges against him - issued a statement saying that the Kellers would be released because of Dr. Mouw's testimony.

"I agreed that there is a reasonable likelihood that his false testimony affected the judgment of the jury," said Lehmberg, who has recently been in the news due to a drunk-driven conviction for which she served jail time. "The Court of Criminal Appeals will review both cases. No further action or decisions on the case will be made until that review is finalized," she said.

7 posted on 11/27/2013 10:01:34 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Olog-hai

I agree


8 posted on 11/27/2013 10:01:40 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: headstamp 2

I doubt I’d give a lawyer or the legal system the opportunity for justice.


9 posted on 11/27/2013 10:01:52 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: KStorm
Hell will do that to him.

Yes it will, but it would be nice if his misery started a little sooner.

10 posted on 11/27/2013 10:02:24 AM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: kcvl

wow


11 posted on 11/27/2013 10:04:25 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Ronnie Earl would indict your dog if you are a Republican.


12 posted on 11/27/2013 10:05:12 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

A bunch of low-life scum thugs running the show in Travis County


13 posted on 11/27/2013 10:06:17 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
has mud on face again

But it ain't mud.

14 posted on 11/27/2013 10:06:57 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: kcvl

We know Rosemary will do a fine job of seeing that past injustices will be righted. All we have to do is leave a trail of vodka bottles to the nearby Spec’s Liquor store where she is on record having bought something like 200 gallons in the last few years.

She ought to be in the prison cell right beside Earle.


15 posted on 11/27/2013 10:07:03 AM PST by Clay Moore ("In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: Clay Moore

“She ought to be in the prison cell right beside Earle.”

“Texas has a Whorehose in It,” and it’s in theTravis County DA’s office.


16 posted on 11/27/2013 10:14:09 AM PST by vette6387
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To: headstamp 2

Ya know what, at that age I would include as many agency folks I could muster in my legal effort and, when prevailing, distribute every damn penny among the children under my care at the time prosectution.

In my mind, these kids were co-victims. Hold back enough to bury me and the missus next to my kin.


17 posted on 11/27/2013 10:18:26 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This DA needs to spend time in jail!


18 posted on 11/27/2013 10:23:43 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Clay Moore

Rosemary Lehmberg kicking the door at the Travis County Jail.

19 posted on 11/27/2013 10:32:25 AM PST by kcvl
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Lehmberg was popped for DWI on April 12 after deputies spotted her driving in the bike lane on FM 620 near 2222. She also happened to have an open bottle of vodka in the car.


20 posted on 11/27/2013 10:33:16 AM PST by kcvl
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To: afraidfortherepublic

One (of many) interesting documents is what appear to be Twin Liquors records of Ms. Lehmberg’s credit/debit purchases there, from Jan 1, 2012 through date of her arrest in April 2013.

According to these records, during those 15 months, and *just* at Twin Liquors, our district attorney bought:

* 72 bottles of Ciroc Vodka
* for a total of 88.75 Liters, which is
* equal to over 23 gallons of vodka
* with purchases spread out over 7 different Austin Twin Liquors stores (and one in Taylor)
* for a total of over $3,000 in vodka.

Nine of these vodka visits were in the afternoon, before 5 p.m., M-F.

https://www.facebook.com/RemoveRosemaryLehmberg/posts/594986033893908

Her supporters and attorney say her driving drunk 3x the legal limit in April was a “one-time mistake”


21 posted on 11/27/2013 10:37:07 AM PST by kcvl
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To: afraidfortherepublic

22 posted on 11/27/2013 10:38:24 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

23 posted on 11/27/2013 10:39:35 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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"She would always go to a different store every two weeks or so to buy her next stash of vodka."

24 posted on 11/27/2013 10:42:59 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Clay Moore

The doctor who initially brought the allegations & the ‘child psychologists’ should join them, too.


25 posted on 11/27/2013 10:43:17 AM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Mark17
Yes it will, but it would be nice if his misery started a little sooner.

It is pretty difficult to watch these SOB's 'get away with it' in this world...

26 posted on 11/27/2013 10:45:04 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

stemmed from her drunken driving arrest last April 12, after which she threatened and insulted jail staff and asked for special treatment. It was all caught on video tape.

At various points, a belligerent Lehmberg says, “Y’all are going to be in jail, not me.” She demands that jail personnel call the sheriff about letting her go before being booked. “Did you call Greg?” she says repeatedly, referring to Sheriff Greg Hamilton, while behaving like, well, a nasty drunk.

Lehmberg plead guilty to drunken driving (she was nearly three time the legal limit); and then was sentenced to 45 days in jail. She was released for good behavior after serving half that time.

Good video of her at link below...

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/10/liberal_da_who_vowed_to_get_tom_delay_escapes_abuse_of_power_charges.html


27 posted on 11/27/2013 10:47:01 AM PST by kcvl
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I'm sure that Ronnie Earle could not care any less about this.

He was a true believer who was willing to do anything to achieve his Democrat agenda goals.

It doesn't matter that Delay's charges were thrown out by a court years later. It only mattered that Delay was removed from the House immediately back then.

To Earle, it doesn't matter that this couple was erroneously jailed two decades ago. It only mattered that he was seen as "doing something," and that Democrats got the credit for it back then.

-PJ

28 posted on 11/27/2013 10:50:48 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Twotone
Absolutely right!

Dorothy Rabinowitz of the WSJ did an excellent expose on this hysteria and her work played a role in getting many of the falsely accused exonerated.

29 posted on 11/27/2013 10:51:41 AM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: safeasthebanks

Dorothy Rabinowitz has saved so many people from prosecutorial abuse. She did a remarkable job on the day care center false accusations against the Amirault family.


30 posted on 11/27/2013 10:56:29 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane
Yep, that's the case I remember the most.

The evil DA- yes, evil - Scott Hershberger, almost got elected governor of Massachusetts, amazingly enough.

31 posted on 11/27/2013 11:02:23 AM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: driftdiver

“I doubt I’d give a lawyer or the legal system the opportunity for justice.”

Many of ya’ll probably already know my opinion of the legal system, but for those that don’t. Short version, it sucks.

I look at all these people who, after years in jail, get out and say “I’m not bitter”. Well, I’m here to say I’d be bitter as hell. And no amount of money would make me forget who put me there. So, since I’m under no threat of jail time(at this time) then this can’t be considered a threat. I would kill the son-of-a-bitch that did that to me. Hell once you’ve been in jail for 21 years or whatever and you’re 73 years old what’s another 20 years?


32 posted on 11/27/2013 11:24:16 AM PST by saleman
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To: saleman

Its not like you have a lot of job prospects at 73 years old and no current skills.


33 posted on 11/27/2013 11:26:19 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: headstamp 2

I dunno. After all that time spent in prison I would guess that this innocent man is a bit institutionalized.

Having been used to jail I would guess I wouldn’t mind going back. Also remember he tossed my wife in the clink too.

I would get a gun, Knife, bomb, or whatever it took and kill this sonofabi*ch, one way or the other.

he ruined my life I would call it justice to take his.


34 posted on 11/27/2013 11:40:48 AM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Fran Keller to be freed in satanic abuse case

The Innocent and the Damned

The above by Gary Cartwright, Texas Monthly, April 1994

Believing the Children

March 27, 2009 by Jordan Smith

35 posted on 11/27/2013 11:40:53 AM PST by deport
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To: afraidfortherepublic
A note for the soul of Ronnie Earle: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Repent now Ronnie, the Lord will forgive you.

5.56mm

36 posted on 11/27/2013 11:44:38 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Political Junkie Too
To Earle, it doesn't matter that this couple was erroneously jailed two decades ago. It only mattered that he was seen as "doing something," and that Democrats got the credit for it back then.

You are so correct. These scumbags do not worry about the future. They are in it at the present. That's how you win the wars. Thanks all of you worthless (R)s.

37 posted on 11/27/2013 1:05:20 PM PST by Digger
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Allowing this **** to happen to Tom Delay is the thing I can’t forgive George W. Bush for.


38 posted on 11/27/2013 1:37:14 PM PST by varmintman
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Why aren't the out-of-control, power-mad officials, who abuse their authority, impeached?

GOP Cowardice.

39 posted on 11/27/2013 2:51:10 PM PST by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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