Inconsistent chatter from a Sacramento-based 'Sconi attorney.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Well, Ronnie Earle must be a baseball fan

And was counting on being able to swing and miss two times, before getting a hit on another grand jury pitch:

[Travis County, Texas District Attorney Ronnie Earle] tried to persuade a grand jury that House Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay tacitly approved illegal use of campaign money and became angry when jurors decided against an indictment, according to two sources directly familiar with the proceeding.

"The mood was unpleasant,'' one source said Wednesday, describing prosecutor Travis County prosecutor Ronnie Earle's reaction.

Earle presented evidence to three grand juries. Two of them returned indictments against DeLay, triggering a House Republican rule that forced the Texas Republican to step aside - at least temporarily - from his post as majority leader.

What the article fails to mention is that the first indictment - conspiracy to launder money - was not a crime at the time Tom Delay allegedly committed it.

As to the 2nd conviction - in front of a third grandy jury - this probably helped too:

"Grand Jury Foreman William Gibson was on KLBJ radio this morning, October 5th, in Austin, Texas, discussing his role in the first indictment of conspiracy against Tom DeLay. Gibson started talking about his feelings about ads produced by Texas Association of Business in the 2002 election cycle. Gibson said his mind was made up against DeLay even BEFORE he was seated on the grand jury because he didn't like the ads from TAB."

I am no Tom Delay fan, by any stretch of the imagination. But you've got to be without a nose or tongue to think that whole indictment and the procedure leading up to it (i.e. the filming of Ronnie Earle's ongoing investigation for the making of a movie) doesn't smell or taste fishy.

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