Delay is Asking Court to Drop Charges


Tom Delay is in court today for a pre-trial hearing in which his lawyers will argue to have his charges dropped:

DeLay wants the charges dismissed or resolved in his favor by January or he risks losing his House majority leader position. Under House rules, he was forced to give up his post after he was charged in September with a felony.

The Sugar Land Republican declined to talk to reporters as he entered the courtroom with his wife. He and Republican fundraisers John Colyandro and Jim Ellis are accused of operating a 2002 campaign finance scheme that funneled corporate money to Texas House candidates in violation of state law.

DeLay founded Texans for a Republican Majority, a political committee that raised $600,000 from corporations during the 2002 elections. Prosecutors say DeLay and his co-defendants sent the corporate money to the Republican National Committee, and then arranged for $190,000 to be sent to seven Texas legislative candidates. Colyandro was the executive director of DeLay’s Texas committee. Ellis heads DeLay’s national political committee, Americans for a Republican Majority.

Last week, prosecutors who brought criminal charges against Rep. DeLay denied allegations that investigators inappropriately coerced a grand jury to indict the former House majority leader.

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