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  • Texas appeals court upholds [Tom] DeLay reversal [decade-long battle]

    10/01/2014 10:46:12 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 1, 2014 | MICHAEL GRACZYK,
    HOUSTON (AP) — The highest criminal court in Texas refused Wednesday to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, ending a nearly decade-long criminal case against the one-time GOP heavyweight. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling last year from the 3rd Court of Appeals that tossed the Republican's 2010 convictions for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Travis County prosecutors had argued in June before the Austin-based Court of Criminal Appeals that the convictions be reinstated in what they called a scheme to influence Texas state elections. "We agree with...
  • Texas DA who prosecuted Tom DeLay has mud on face again

    11/27/2013 9:51:28 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 11-27-13 | David Paulin
    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...
  • Tom DeLay Exonerated After Smear

    09/19/2013 12:55:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Rush ^ | September 19, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    >BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Tom DeLay. Tom DeLay's nickname was "The Hammer." The Democrats thought that was very bad. He was nicknamed "The Hammer" because DeLay had magic when it came time to corral votes on the Republican side in the House of Representatives, starting back in 1995 when the Republican freshman class was sworn in and they assumed control of the House for the first time in 40 years, Tom DeLay was the whip. Tom DeLay got the votes. He was nicknamed "The Hammer," and because he was so good, he was unapologetically good, Tom DeLay did not worry about...
  • Travesty in Texas (Tom Delay did not commit a crime)

    01/11/2011 4:09:12 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | The Editors
    With Texas judge Pat Priest imposing a sentence of three years in prison on former House majority leader Tom DeLay, it is not an exaggeration to say that this is the culmination of an undeserved, unjustified, and unconscionable act of political persecution. It is the result of an abusive prosecution that exemplifies the drive to criminalize politics and to make the ordinary processes of raising and spending funds for political campaigns a crime. The man who should be on trial in Texas is Ronnie Earle, the unethical Travis County prosecutor who went after DeLay as part of a political vendetta...
  • BOSSIE: The lynching of Tom DeLay

    12/02/2010 8:24:35 PM PST · by FTJM · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/2/10 | David N. Bossie
    Around Washington, Rep. Tom DeLay was known as "the Hammer." It's a title he earned for his effective ness when he served in the role of majority whip. The whip is the person tasked with counting votes and building support for legislation. As whip, Mr. DeLay was uniquely effective at enacting and implementing the Contract With America and key portions of the George W. Bush agenda. He also was able to flex his political muscle within the state of Texas to leave his mark on the redistricting process. Tom DeLay was a very skilled politician. He understood the legislative and...
  • DeLay Guilty of Money Laundering

    11/24/2010 3:18:25 PM PST · by Non-Sequitur · 322 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Press ^ | 11/24/10 | Unknown
    For five years, the case against Tom DeLay for money laundering through his Texans for a Republican Majority PAC has been seemingly trapped in the Texas courts facing pre-trial appeals. On November 1, it finally made it to trial and today the verdict is in: guilty on both money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The slightly-less-than-humble DeLay lost his majority leadership in Congress after the indictment came down, but he has maintained his claims that this case was politically motivated throughout the entire process right up to defense attorney Dick DeGuerin's closing arguments. The jury clearly didn't buy...
  • (Tom) DeLay jurors warned to focus on case - "too many unrelated questions" (legal decision today?)

    11/24/2010 8:29:08 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 23, 2010, 7:31PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    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...
  • DeLay jury's questions might hint at a verdict - queries about corporate money being raised legally

    11/23/2010 11:24:58 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 22, 2010, 9:01PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    Five years after former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay demanded a speedy trial on political money laundering charges, a Travis County jury is now determining his fate. The six-man, six-woman panel showed up at court Monday with a majority of the members dressed in black. They elected one of the women as foreman. And when they returned three times to the courtroom to ask the judge questions during their four hours of deliberation, they all looked away from DeLay. The jurors also were asking visiting Judge Pat Priest questions that indicated they were buying into DeLay's defense that no...
  • PAC treasurer testifies at DeLay laundering trial (witchhunt of Tom DeLay finally comes to court)

    11/02/2010 11:54:13 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 9 replies
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 2, 2010, 11:38AM | N A. LOZANO Associated Press
    ...Prosecutors contend that the former House majority leader used his PAC to illegally funnel $190,000 in corporate donations into Texas legislative races eight years ago. DeLay, who was spending Election Day in court, is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He has denied any wrongdoing. If convicted, Delay could face up to life in prison... Ceverha said corporate funds had been gathered to pay for the PAC's administrative costs and not for candidates. ...The money helped Republicans in 2002 take control of the Texas House. That majority allowed Republicans to push through a congressional redistricting plan...
  • Chavez-Thompson wins Democratic nomination for Lt Gov (beats Ronnie Earle, Tom Delay prosecutor)

    03/03/2010 7:21:56 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies · 375+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8:08 AM Wed, Mar 03, 2010 | Terrence Stutz
    Labor leader Linda Chavez-Thompson won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor on Tuesday, capturing 53 percent of the primary vote against two opponents. She now faces incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the fall in a race that will be an uphill battle for the Democrat. Chavez-Thompson used her support from labor and Hispanic groups to establish a strong position in the race and also outspent her opponents - including former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle - by a substantial margin. Chavez-Thompson, 65, of San Antonio, is a former executive vice president of the AFL-CIO and a vice...
  • At mayhem central, we relish team of Hutchison and Earle

    12/22/2009 8:54:54 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 13 replies · 477+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 12/21/2009 | Ken Herman
    This is so potentially great, even greater than we thought it could be. For a while, ex-Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle talked about running for governor. That could have led to a November battle between Democrat Earle and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, now running against Gov. Rick Perry in the GOP gubernatorial primary. Earle v. Hutchison would have been a rematch of the battle previously known as The State of Texas v. Hutchison, a long-ago criminal case in which Earle was The State of Texas and he wanted to send Hutchison to prison for up to 51 years. The...
  • Former DA Earle running for Lt. Gov. [Texas]

    12/20/2009 12:30:43 PM PST · by deport · 37 replies · 933+ views
    American Statesman ^ | 12-18-09 | Kate Alexander
    Former DA Earle running for Lt. Gov. By Kate Alexander | Friday, December 18, 2009, 06:36 PM Former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle is running for lieutenant governor of Texas. Earle, who retired last year after more than three decades as district attorney, filed paperwork with the Texas Democratic Party late Friday to seek the party’s nomination for the statewide office. The winner of the Democratic primary in March will probably face the Republican incumbent David Dewhurst next fall. At this point, Earle is the sole filer for the party’s nomination, but Austin deli owner Marc Katz is...
  • Dancing Tom DeLay: The pictures

    08/31/2009 11:37:13 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies · 1,120+ views
    Politico ^ | August 30, 2009 | PATRICK GAVIN
    No one would have guessed that Tom DeLay's next career move would involve dancing, so the announcement that the former House Majority Leader would be a contestant on the upcoming season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" raised the eyebrows of politicos everywhere. The network has now released some promo photos of DeLay with his dancing partner, Cheryl Burke. DeLay appears to enjoying his new role, sporting sweat pants and a shirt from his organization Rio Bend, which works to improve the nation's foster care system. His own slimmer waistline can be attributed to the personal trainer he's been using...
  • CNN Searches for Capitol's 'Jail' in Report on Libs' Desire to Arrest Rove

    08/07/2008 7:50:47 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 25 replies · 324+ views ^ | 8/7/2008 | Matthew Balan
    Now that Congress has recessed, and since the conventions aren’t for a couple of weeks, Thursday’s The Situation Room turned back to the "hot" issue of what many liberals are calling on congressional Democrats to do: arrest and lock-up Karl Rove for his failure to testify on the issue of the firing of U.S. attorneys in late 2006. CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, as part of a report on this possible move by the Democrats, conducted a search for the supposed jail inside the U.S. Capitol. He also addressed the little-used power of the legislature to arrest and try government officials...
  • Loose ends, mighty swings and rehabilitation [DA Ronnie Earle retires]

    01/02/2009 11:23:28 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 10 replies · 864+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Jan. 2, 2009 | Editorial
    Ronnie Earle's legacy as Travis County district attorney If Ronnie Earle were a fisherman, he might spend time talking about the ones that got away. Others certainly do. Earle, who officially vacated his post as Travis County district attorney on Thursday, might be remembered most for the failed prosecutions of some of the biggest names in Texas politics. Indeed, his short-term legacy will be influenced heavily by unfinished business. Yet to be resolved are indictments that caused former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay — the no-compromise conservative firebrand — to step down. Then, of course, there are the unresolved Yogurt Shop...
  • Putting up a roadblock of questions

    03/20/2008 2:11:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 465+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 20, 2008 | Lisa Falkenberg
    LUFKIN — Mae Smith, the 64-year-old mayor of the teeny Central Texas town of Holland, seized the civic center lectern like a dragon-slayer ascending the throne. In a fiery red pantsuit and a voice that echoed without the help of a malfunctioning microphone, she and her cohorts revealed to a crowd of about 50 souls clad in denim and plaid a little-known weapon against the foe of all in the room: Gov. Rick Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor. The weapon, Smith said, doesn't involve marching on the Texas Capitol, like more than 1,000 did last year, some on tractors and horses. It...
  • Eyes on TxDOT: Activist Terri Hall has TxDOT’s dream of toll roads in her sights.

    01/09/2008 7:05:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 477+ views
    Fort Worth Weekly ^ | January 9, 2008 | Peter Gorman
    It’s looking like a tough year for toll roads in Texas, and no one could be happier about that than Terri Hall, the San Antonio woman whose group is leading the grassroots fight against the controversial pay-to-drive roads that Gov. Rick Perry and others want to see crisscrossing the state. In September, Hall and her group, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF), filed suit in the state district court in Austin against the Texas Department of Transportation, alleging that TxDOT has broken the law by using public funds to lobby legislators for laws favoring toll roads. TURF and Hall...
  • Departing Travis district attorney (Ronnie Earle) endorses top assistant

    01/09/2008 10:00:32 AM PST · by flattorney · 10 replies · 314+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | January 08, 2008 | Steven Kreytak
    - - Ronnie Earle says Rosemary Lehmberg is best of four assistants running for post. Saying he has a duty after more than 30 years in office to tell the public what he thinks, departing Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle announced Monday that he is endorsing his top deputy, Rosemary Lehmberg, in the race to replace him. The decision came as no surprise to courthouse watchers and the three other Democratic candidates for Earle's job, they said. Assistant District Attorney Gary Cobb, 46, one of those candidates, said it would have been "a slap in the face" if Earle...
  • Republicans pass on Travis County DA race (to replace retiring Ronnie Earle)

    01/05/2008 9:50:18 AM PST · by flattorney · 9 replies · 410+ views
    News 8 Austin ^ | January 2, 2008 | Victor Diaz
    After more than three decades as the Travis County District Attorney, Democrat Ronnie Earle's seat is up for grabs. It won't be taken by a Republican since no one from the GOP filed to run in the March primary. The main watchdog position in Texas will stay in the hands of Democrats. "Obviously the issue that sets this particular district attorney position apart from any other in the state of Texas is the presence of the Public Integrity Unit," Travis County Democratic Chairman Chris Elliott said. The district attorney doubles as the primary ethics enforcer for the state government. Republicans...
  • DeLay nemesis Travis County DA Ronnie Earle to retire

    12/14/2007 6:11:35 PM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 8 replies · 248+ views
    AP ^ | 12-14-07 | Staff
    AUSTIN—Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle on Friday announced he won’t seek re-election next year. The 65-year-old Democrat was at the center of the criminal investigation of Republican former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. DeLay quit Congress last year. Earle’s term has one year remaining, and his resignation will bring to an end to his three-decade reign in which he battled some of the biggest names in Texas politics. Earle has been criticized by DeLay and other Republicans, who say some of his prosecutions of elected leaders are politically motivated. "This is a no-brainer for him. He never had...
  • Ronnie Earle, Travis Co. (TX) DA, Dances Naked With Other Men While Beating Cooked Chickens

    10/06/2007 4:13:53 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 145 replies · 4,065+ views
    Red State ^ | October 6, 2007
    No, I'm NOT being metaphorical nor am I kidding. If I wasn't having so much fun laughing at Ronnie Earle, I might even wish that it weren't true. Evidently Travis County DA Ronnie Earle - who is once again back in the running for most politically-driven DA in the nation now that Mike Nifong has been disbarred - is involved in this New Age, "re-discover your masculinity" cult called the ManKind Project. That's according to the liberal Houston Press. And boy does this outfit sound scary. Forty men at a time strip down and do tribal dances and beat cooked...
  • Texas Court Rules in DeLay’s Favor on Conspiracy Count

    06/29/2007 9:27:49 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 5 replies · 618+ views
    Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay finally won one Wednesday in his effort to beat back a campaign-related indictment in Texas. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decided not to reinstate one charge of conspiracy to violate a state election law that had already been thrown out by a lower court judge.
  • Texas High Court Dismisses Charge Against DeLay, Big Three Ignore

    06/28/2007 5:34:08 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies · 747+ views ^ | June 28, 2007 | Matthew Sheffield
    Texas High Court Dismisses Charge Against DeLay, Big Three Ignore It Posted by Matthew Sheffield on June 28, 2007 - 00:37. After immediately jumping on the news that then-House majority leader Tom DeLay was indicted by a Democratic Texas prosecutor, the big three networks refused to mention the Wednesday news that the Texas supreme court has approved the dismissal of one of the charges against him.The charges were originally dismissed by a lower court judge (an event which the big three just barely covered) who ruled that the laws under which the former congressman was indicted did not exist during...
  • DeLay wins round in Texas court

    06/27/2007 10:50:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1,175+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | June 27, 2007 | KELLEY SHANNON
    AUSTIN, Texas - The state's highest criminal court on Wednesday refused to reinstate a dropped conspiracy charge against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
  • DeLay Wins Appeal Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Upholding the Dismissal of Indictments

    06/27/2007 10:52:37 AM PDT · by GulfBreeze · 156 replies · 7,172+ views ^ | 6/27/2007 | Tom DeLay
    “The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today ruled that I was wrongfully indicted by Ronnie Earle, the Mike Nifong of Texas, on laws that didn’t even exist. The court affirmed the decision to throw out the conspiracy indictments because they were based on laws that weren’t even on the books. What Ronnie Earle accomplished is no rookie error – it’s a political attack using our legal system as the primary weapon. “Ronnie Earle’s politically motivated indictments cost Republicans the leader of their choice, and my family hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. The damage he has done to...
  • Judge hears new TAB indictment (Texas elections)

    06/07/2007 7:18:27 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 4 replies · 303+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 6/7/07 | Laylan Copelin
    Judge hears new TAB indictment Travis district attorney hopes for different result this time around. By Laylan Copelin AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Thursday, June 07, 2007 Travis County prosecutors urged a judge Wednesday to look at the conduct of the Texas Association of Business in reconsidering whether the group should be tried on charges that it violated election laws during the 2002 campaign. Last year, State District Judge Mike Lynch dismissed a felony indictment accusing the state's largest business group of breaking the law by using $1.7 million in corporate money to send 4 million mailers to voters in two dozen legislative...
  • A FATHER'S GRIEF (illegal alien, sanctuary city of Austin, a murdered girl, and Ronnie Earle)

    05/09/2007 8:09:32 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 14 replies · 918+ views
    scend publications ^ | 2005 | Cynthia Leal Massey
    THIS IS AN EXCERPT --- ENTIRE STORY HERE. A Father’s Grief -- How Sanctuary Laws are Protecting Criminals And Killing Our Children Page 1 Jenny’s friends and family, in their impact statements, used more than a hundred glowing adjectives to describe the outstanding character of the college co-ed. Perhaps the most poignant image of this family’s loss is one that is seared in her father’s memory: that of the vibrantly alive Jenny, lying next to her mother,their heads on the same pillow, giggling and laughing, sharing mother and daughter intimacies. When Humberto Garcia woke up the morning of January...
  • What Do New Orleans, Columbia University and Duke University Have in Common?

    01/16/2007 4:34:25 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 4 replies · 335+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 1/16/07 | Purple Mountains
    Answer: they are cesspools of liberal control, with residents of New Orleans unwilling or unable to help themselves after Katrina, and with students and faculty of both schools so steeped in political correctness and multiculturalism that white students and conservative speakers are harassed and threatened while their administration stands by in embarrassed or willing silence. Could anyone watch 60 Minutes without cringing as the president of Duke University tried to explain why Duke allowed its faculty and students to pummel the Duke lacrosse players?
  • Earle sues over DeLay investigation secrecy

    07/11/2006 6:35:21 PM PDT · by T'wit · 28 replies · 1,432+ views
    AP ^ | 7/11/2006 | Not given
    AUSTIN — Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle is suing to keep secret the details about his investigation of indicted former House majority leader Tom DeLay. The Houston Chronicle filed a request under Texas' open records law in March seeking vouchers, hotel and airfare receipts, budget documents, memos and e-mails describing the expenses for the DeLay inquiry and related investigations. DeLay, indicted last year on conspiracy and money laundering charges connected to the financing of 2002 state legislative races, resigned from Congress on June 9. Earle, in his attempt to keep details of his investigation out of public view, appealed...
  • Prosecutors appeal to reinstate TOM DELAY charge

    05/20/2006 5:03:21 PM PDT · by shield · 15 replies · 838+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 20th, 2006 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN — Prosecutors in the case against U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay have asked Texas' highest criminal court to reinstate an indictment accusing the former House majority leader and two associates of conspiring to violate state election laws. The appeal filed with the Court of Criminal Appeals Friday had been expected. It likely postpones a trial for the Sugar Land Republican on a separate money laundering charge. A Travis County grand jury indicted DeLay and political consultants John Colyandro and Jim Ellis last year on money laundering and conspiracy charges. A district judge later threw out the conspiracy indictment and let...
  • Shelly Moore Capito Push Poll, WV

    04/17/2006 10:42:25 AM PDT · by pageonetoo · 10 replies · 564+ views
    Landline "unknown caller" ID | Monday, April 17, 2006 | Unkown "committee for a clean WV"
    I was sitting at the computer reading about the cruise my daughter and I are taking this weekend, when the phone rings, and a womans voice announces that there is a message for concerned West virginians. She then goes on to say that Shelly Moore Capito is a friend of indicted Tom Delay etc, etc, etc... I hung up about then, but thought, damn, the Dems are getting worried for some reason. I wish Shelly had chosen to take on "Sheets"!
  • Why DeLay Quit

    04/04/2006 6:14:48 PM PDT · by Frank T · 70 replies · 2,797+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 04, 2006 | Byron York
    Rep. Tom DeLay says he made the decision to leave Congress after taking a poll in his Texas district which showed he had no better than a 50-50 chance of winning reelection this November. In a long discussion with conservative journalists Tuesday afternoon, DeLay discussed the Republican primary he faced last month, which he won with 62 percent of the vote. While some observers called that an impressive win, given the controversy that surrounds DeLay, the congressman himself said that was when he knew he had a problem. "After the primary — you get a sixth sense about this stuff,"...
  • Delay live on Fox - Now

    04/04/2006 6:24:32 AM PDT · by gondramB · 90 replies · 3,253+ views
    Live on Fox news no link
  • Judge Tosses Delay Subpoenas

    03/13/2006 5:29:47 PM PST · by wildbill · 41 replies · 1,937+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 3-13-2006 | R.G.Ratcliffe
    AUSTIN — A state appeals court today threw out more than 30 subpoenas requested by Travis County prosecutors building a criminal case against U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, saying the investigation should have stopped in December when a district judge halted proceedings in his court. District Attorney Ronnie Earle has been issuing the subpoenas ever since Senior District Judge Pat Priest dismissed all or part of three indictments against DeLay, R-Sugar Land.
  • DeLay Gets Court to Halt, Void Subpoenas

    03/13/2006 4:51:01 PM PST · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 7 replies · 801+ views
    AP via Excite ^ | 3/13/2006 | SUZANNE GAMBOA (AP vis Excite)
    DeLay Gets Court to Halt, Void Subpoenas Mar 13, 7:09 PM (ET) By SUZANNE GAMBOA WASHINGTON (AP) - A Texas appeals court Monday granted Rep. Tom DeLay's request to stop a prosecutor from filing subpoenas in the former majority leader's pending money laundering case. The Third Court of Appeals panel in Austin, Texas, also said that several subpoenas issued by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle are null and void because DeLay's trial is on hold. In addition, any outstanding subpoenas issued before the trial was put on hold are suspended during the stay, the court said.
  • Tom DeLay Cleaning House in Early Returns

    03/07/2006 6:52:00 PM PST · by AZRepublican · 151 replies · 6,020+ views
    arly voting results in the Fort Bend County Republican primary election show U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay with more than twice the vote of his nearest rival, at more than 59%. Republican challenger Tom Campbell has 28.74% of the vote, followed by Mike Fjetland with 6.93% and Pat Baig with 4.65%. Ron Paul, incumbent congressman in District 14, polled more than 80% of the Fort Bend County early vote, while challenger Cynthia Sinatra got 19.41%. Glenn Hegar took the early-voting lead in the race for Texas Sen. District 18, with 2,292 – or more than 57% – of the vote, while...
  • Earle faces suit over 11-year-old suspect

    02/13/2006 5:44:17 AM PST · by cweese · 17 replies · 1,687+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2006 | Hugh Aynesworth
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Ronnie Earle, awaiting the media-driven frenzy of prosecuting former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, may be involved in another courtroom drama this summer. In 1996, Lacresha Murray was 11 when the Travis County district attorney indicted her on capital murder charges -- the youngest person charged with that crime in Texas. Miss Murray was a suspect in the death of a 2-year-old at her grandmother's day care center in May 1996. The toddler, Jayla Belton, lost consciousness and was rushed to a local hospital, where she died. Investigators found no forensic evidence, but on the basis of...
  • Prosecutor seeks Texas GOP bank records [Ronnie Earle's continued shenanigans]

    02/03/2006 2:13:53 PM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 11 replies · 665+ views
    Associated Press via The Billings Gazette ^ | February 02, 2006 | JIM VERTUNO
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Prosecutors investigating former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on felony conspiracy and money laundering charges are seeking bank records for the Texas Republican Party. District Attorney Ronnie Earle issued a subpoena Thursday ordering Frost Bank to produce monthly statements and signature cards from August 2002 to January 2003 for accounts connected to the party or the Texas Republican Congressional Committee. DeLay attorney Dick DeGuerin said the subpoenas are not enforceable because the charges are still under appeal. "There's no setting, no trial, nothing that can be enforced," DeGuerin said. "Whoever gets (the subpoena), they can wad...
  • Republicans Abandon Ship on Another Leader {Tom DeLay, R-TX}

    01/10/2006 8:56:54 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 16 replies · 717+ views ^ | 01-09-06 | Eberle, Bobby
    This weekend, Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) announced that he would not seek to regain his post as Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. DeLay was forced to step down temporarily from his leadership position because he is currently under indictment by Texas Democrat District Attorney Ronnie Earle. DeLay has not been convicted of anything, but the rules for the Republican Caucus in the House are different from those of the Democrats, and the mere indictment is sufficient for a Republican member to step aside from a leadership role. Unfortunately for DeLay, the Republican Party has once again shown...
  • Prosecutors Decry DeLay's Court Procedures (Ronnie Earle 'Hurl" Alert!)

    01/03/2006 11:02:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 652+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/3/06 | April Castro - ap
    AUSTIN, Texas - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is trying to bully his way through the court system to further his own political ambitions, prosecutors said Tuesday. Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle said in court documents that the Republican is "attempting to leapfrog" over the usual court procedures by asking the state's highest criminal court to dismiss all charges against him or to order a trial right away. DeLay was forced to step aside as majority leader after he was indicted on money laundering and conspiracy charges in September. He has been pressing the state's highest criminal court...
  • I Detest These People (Rush Has Had It With Attacks On Tom DeLay Alert)

    12/16/2005 3:27:31 PM PST · by goldstategop · 16 replies · 1,867+ views
    Rush ^ | 12/16/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Folks, this is hilarious. The media is outraged that Bush would dare compromise the outcome of a fair trial by proclaiming in advance of the evidence that Tom DeLay is innocent. Of course, we're supposed to forget that during Monica, that during Paula, that during Kathleen, that during impeachment, every damn Democrat liberal in the world was running around proclaiming Bill Clinton's innocence and how he didn't lie -- and of course that wasn't compromising the outcome of anything. Sometimes, I am telling you, I detest these people. I detest, and that is why I have to get away...
  • Prosecutor subpoenas Cunningham-related companies in Texas case

    12/13/2005 4:40:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 528+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 12/13/05 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON – A Texas prosecutor has issued subpoenas for bank records of a defense contractor involved in the bribery case of former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham as part of the investigation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. District Attorney Ronnie Earle issued subpoenas last Thursday for California businessmen Brent Wilkes and Max Gelwix, records of Perfect Wave Technologies, Wilkes Corp. and ADCS Inc. in connection with a contribution to a fundraising committee at the center of the investigation that led to DeLay's indictment on money laundering charges. Perfect Wave contributed $15,000 in September 2002 to Texans for a Republican...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Win for DeLay Played as Loss in Press

    12/06/2005 5:20:30 PM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 2,016+ views ^ | 12/6/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: "A Texas judge yesterday threw out a campaign finance conspiracy charge against Rep. Tom DeLay, but ruled that the prosecutors' money laundering charge should go forward." (story) Mike, grab audio sound bite -- no humidity in the air down here today so the pages are not coming apart easily. You know, the media all portrayed this as a big lawsuit actually-- (Laughing.) "Ooh, DeLay didn't win anything here, still faces the money laundering charges, oh, this is horrible." "The ruling means Mr. DeLay, Texas Republican, will not be able immediately to regain the House majority leader's post he...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-06-05 (DUmmies Nervous Over COLLAPSING DeLay Case)

    12/06/2005 6:18:20 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 73 replies · 1,805+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 6, 2005 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    Pity the poor DUmmies. They constantly get their hopes UP only to have them CONSISTENTLY dashed on the cold rocks of reality. Remember the DUmmie jubilation of the DUmmies when it appeared that John Kerry won a LANDSLIDE VICTORY in the exit polls? Gone. Or their antication of Kerry being inaugurated on Jan. 20 due to the overturning of the Ohio election results? Gone. And how the Jeff Gannon case was going to bring the downfall of the entire Bush Regime? Gone. The list goes on and on. The Day When Everything Finally Changed? Forgotten. The NEXT Day When...
  • DeLay's Money Laundering Charges Upheld (But Won't Last---Conspiracy Charges Tossed OUT!!!)

    12/06/2005 4:38:41 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies · 1,251+ views
    Associated Press via Breitbart.Com ^ | December 6, 2005 | APRIL CASTRO
    A judge dismissed a conspiracy charge Monday against Rep. Tom DeLay but refused to throw out far more serious allegations of money- laundering, dashing the congressman's hopes for now of reclaiming his post as House majority leader. Texas Judge Pat Priest, who is presiding over the case against the Republican, issued the ruling after a hearing late last month in which DeLay's attorney argued that the indictment was fatally flawed. ADVERTISEMENT When he was indicted in September, DeLay was required under House rules to relinquish the leadership post he had held since 2003. While Monday's ruling was a partial victory...
  • DeLay's Money Laundering Charges Upheld

    12/05/2005 9:23:34 PM PST · by vrwc1 · 53 replies · 2,648+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 5, 2005 | APRIL CASTRO, Associated Press Writer
    AUSTIN, Texas - A judge dismissed a conspiracy charge Monday against Rep. Tom DeLay but refused to throw out far more serious allegations of money-laundering, dashing the congressman's hopes for now of reclaiming his post as House majority leader. Texas Judge Pat Priest, who is presiding over the case against the Republican, issued the ruling after a hearing late last month in which DeLay's attorney argued that the indictment was fatally flawed. When he was indicted in September, DeLay was required under House rules to relinquish the leadership post he had held since 2003. While Monday's ruling was a partial...
  • FNC: Judge in Texas throws out Part of charges against DeLay(Upholding charge on money laundering)

    12/05/2005 1:38:06 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 370 replies · 25,329+ views
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  • Judge Ruling on DeLay Motion Expected Soon

    12/01/2005 5:36:00 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 24 replies · 1,338+ views ^ | 2 December 2005
    WASHINGTON — A Texas judge's ruling expected by next week could force Rep. Tom DeLay to stand trial on conspiracy and money laundering charges, as well as decide the future of U.S. House Republican leadership and further shake the GOP hit hard by recent scandal. DeLay has said since the September indictment that required him to step down as House majority leader that he is victim of a political vendetta. He has pushed for a resolution of the case before January, when Congress reconvenes, so he can quickly return to his leadership post. Senior Judge Pat Priest is expected to...
  • NRO: Tom DeLay's Motion to Dismiss

    11/22/2005 2:56:53 PM PST · by DallasMike · 2 replies · 455+ views
    Stingray: A Blog for Salty Christians ^ | November 22, 2005 | Michael McCullough
    The attorneys for Tom DeLay and Ronnie Earle are battling it out in the courtroom today over a motion to dismiss. I should point out that a motion to dismiss is almost always filed by the defendant but is seldom granted by judges, the theory being that a District Attorney would not file a case without reasonable cause and that the court is the proper venue for determining whether the facts and the law are actually applicable. Personally, I would be very surprised if the motion to dismiss is granted. If it is, then Ronnie Earle should quietly resign his...
  • War of Words Continues in Delay Case

    11/18/2005 6:28:25 AM PST · by wildbill · 11 replies · 601+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11/18/2005 | Clay Robison
    AUSTIN - Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle has defended himself against accusations of prosecutorial misconduct for going to multiple grand juries to obtain a money-laundering indictment against U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay. In court filings this week, Earle said taking the case to three separate grand juries was neither improper nor illegal, and he opposed efforts by DeLay's attorneys to obtain access to information about secret grand jury proceedings. DeLay's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin of Houston, countered late Thursday by issuing subpoenas for several grand jury members to testify at a pretrial hearing Tuesday. There was no immediate response from Earle....