Thursday, October 20, 2005

DCCC Update: Arrest Warrant Issued for Tom DeLay


Dear Friend,

Just want to give you an update on Tom DeLay's legal situation. Yesterday, he was issued an arrest warrant and in coming days, as hard as this is to believe, he will be booked, fingerprinted and seen in a mug shot. That's right, the former Republican Leader, now twice indicted, will face the humility of a mug shot.

The Associated Press is reporting...

"A Texas court issued a warrant Wednesday for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to appear for booking, where he is likely to face the fingerprinting and photo mug shot he had hoped to avoid.

"Bail was initially set at $10,000 as a routine step before his first court appearance on conspiracy and money laundering charges. Travis County court officials said DeLay was ordered to appear at the Fort Bend County jail for booking."

Then came this from Tom DeLay's hometown paper yesterday morning...

DeLay's lawyer lacking evidence of DA misconduct
Houston Chronicle -- October 19, 2005

"U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay's chief lawyer says he has no evidence that Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle participated in grand jury deliberations, despite having made that allegation in motions to dismiss DeLay's indictments."

Tom DeLay fought the law, and the law is winning.

We'll keep you updated in days to come -- stay tuned.


John Lapp
Executive Director, DCCC

P.S. -- Even mired in disgrace and supposedly stripped of his leadership role, we hear that DeLay is still taking part in Republican Leadership meetings, making crucial decisions that affect us all. No Republican in Congress has challenged this outrage, and to this day only three out of more than 200 Republicans have given back the money they took from him. The DCCC is committed to installing a Congress that provides more for America than blind obedience to Tom DeLay.

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