DeLay has been charged with conspiracy and money laundering in a campaign finance scheme tied to his political action committee, Texans for a Republican Majority, or TRMPAC. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.Let's recap here, shall we?
DeLay has denied any wrongdoing. He is accused of laundering $190,000 in corporate campaign contributions through the
Republican National Committee for distribution in 2002 to Republican candidates for the Texas Legislature.
Texas law forbids the use of corporate money in political campaigns.
- Tom DeLay was indicted on charges (above) of doing something that wasn't against the law when the alleged actions took place.
- Earle tried a second time with another grand jury on charges, which were summarily dismissed by that grand jury. A "no bill" document, although written by that grand jury, was nonetheless not made available, contrary to what would normally be the case.
- A third grand jury finally indicts DeLay.
Lawyers for DeLay immediately called foul after Earle released his statement after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
"What could have happened over the weekend?" said Austin lawyer Bill White, who represents DeLay. "They investigate for three years and suddenly they have new evidence? That's beyond the pale!"
White suggested that Earle released his statement Tuesday because he feared reporters would learn about the no-bill.
- The Judge who will be handling the case is a big supporter of
Anybody else smell a rat? Or a whole den of them?