Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Brady gives heads up to AP's "DeLay Probe Winds Down; Charges My Loom"

Brady e-mails excited about the news in Larry Margasak's "DeLay Probe Winds Down; Charges May Loom" (Associated Press):

A Texas grand jury's recent interest in conspiracy charges could lead to last-minute criminal indictments -- possibly against House Majority Leader Tom Delay -- as it wraps up its investigation Wednesday into DeLay's state political organization, according to lawyers with knowledge of the case.
Conspiracy counts against two DeLay associates this month raised concerns with DeLay's lawyers, who fear the chances are greater that the majority leader could be charged with being part of the conspiracy. Before these counts, the investigation was more narrowly focused on the state election code.
By expanding the charges to include conspiracy, prosecutors made it possible for the Travis County grand jury to bring charges against DeLay. Otherwise, the grand jury would have lacked jurisdiction under state laws.

The news may be exciting but the article's disappointing:

He has insisted he committed no crimes and says Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a Democrat, is pursuing the case for political reasons.

"He" is DeLay. The notion that Earle is playing partisan has been rejected. Earle's prosecuted Dems and Repubes. Kay Bailey Hutchison feels he's a partisan, but then he prosecuted her.

The AP should know better than to print an allegation that's not accurate. Esepically when they make no effort to get a quote from Earle. (The "balance" of he-said/she-said.)

DeLay does say that. It's just not true and has been disproven (was it Lesley Stahl who went over this at 60 Minutes?).

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