Monday, October 03, 2005

And here's another one!

Ronnie Earle had so much fun last week he's decided to do it again. Hey, why quit when you're on a roll...

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Texas grand jury has brought a new charge of money laundering against Rep. Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader indicted last week on conspiracy charges stemming from a campaign finance probe, the congressman's office said Monday.

In a written statement, DeLay called the indictment another example of "prosecutorial abuse" by District Attorney Ronnie Earle.

"He is trying to pull the legal equivalent of a 'do-over,' since he knows very well that the charges he brought against me last week are totally manufactured and illegitimate," said the Texas Republican. "This is an abomination of justice."

Redstate.org's krempasky sees this as Earle's feeble last-minute attempt to get what he couldn't get with his first grand jury:

If Ronnie Earle didn't exist, we'd have to invent him. Seriously, could any politician hope for a more disastrously incompetent prosector to be "hot on the trail"? His misteps and flailing about would almost be comical, if the normally right-minded folks in Texas hadn't given this boob a role in our justice system. If you hadn't noticed - Earle indicted Tom DeLay again today - on a new count: money laundering. Oooooh, sounds nasty. Let's all hide under our tables and wave the white flag. Or not. We already know that today's round is, in effect, Ronnie asking for a mulligan. The Austin American-Statesman opens by telling us,

"Travis County prosecutors rushed Monday to fix problems with an indictment against U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay"

Problems? Gee - I would have thought that after TWO years of investigations, and a grand jury that had been empaneled for SIX MONTHS, they'd have gotten it right. Oops. So - after six months - what did the first grand jury find? Why didn't they bring the money laundering charge? Maybe we should ask Earle...

REPORTER: Did you seek money laundering charges or indictment on money laundering charges against Mr. DeLay, and if not, why?

EARLE: The grand jury returned the indictments that the grand jurors felt were appropriate to the evidence that was presented in this case. (Earle's 9/28 press conference)

Ok - so are we to believe that Earle found new evidence in the last four days? Or just a new set of eyes that had watched all the media hysteria?

But why the rush? Oh, that's simple - because not long ago - Earle threatened DeLay's lawyers with a simple threat: waive your rights to a statute of limitations or I'll indict you today. DeLay so waived, waiting to see what Earle would present. He showed up with a big fat pile of nothing - and DeLay wrote him a letter, re-establishing his rights under limitation (can this be done?). The big check in question was dated 10/4/2002 - and the normal statute would expire tomorrow. So Earle ran around to find a new grand jury to do his bidding.

On top of that - DeLay's lawyers have simply pointed out that the very law Earle is citing to go after DeLay for actions in the 2002 election didn't even apply to the election code under which Earle is prosecuting - until the Texas Legislature amended it - in 2003.

I just hope Ronnie rolls out six or seven more indictments. This is getting hysterical. Can't wait for the movie.