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Another Setback for Tom DeLay

The Judge in the Tom DeLay case dealt another setback to DeLay's attempt to get an early trial date, making it more and more unlikely he will be able to reclaim his House leadership position.

In a letter to DeLay's attorneys Wednesday, Senior Judge Pat Priest said he'll be working on other cases and won't be available until Dec. 27 to take up pending motions in DeLay's case stemming from a 2002 campaign finance scheme.

DeLay attorney Dick DeGuerin had also asked Priest to tentatively schedule a trial for the first or second week of January. Priest wrote that a trial date depends on whether the state appeals his decision earlier this week to dismiss another conspiracy charge and would not commit to a January trial. An appeal would delay the case. "I am fine with setting up the pending pretrial motions for the week between Christmas and New Year's, and with planning a trial setting early next year, but I cannot require the state not to appeal my ruling," Priest wrote.

DeGuerin had also asked the Judge to conduct separate trials on the money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering charges. He said if DeLay was acquitted on the conspiracy charge, the substantive money laundering charge would be moot.

But, the Judge today said in the letter,

"It is unlikely that I will grant a severance of counts or even of defendants in the absence of a compelling reason to do so," Senior District Judge Pat Priest said in letter to lawyers in the case.

DeLay's last hope may be a hearing at the end of December on his motion to dismiss the charges because of Earle's prosecutorial misconduct. Earle has up until December 20 to decide whether to appeal on last week's ruling dismissing another conspiracy count against DeLay.

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  • Re: Another Setback for Tom DeLay (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:06:48 PM EST
    By mid 06, most republican congressmen will swear they never knew anyone named Tom DeLay.

    Re: Another Setback for Tom DeLay (none / 0) (#2)
    by scarshapedstar on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:06:48 PM EST
    Funny how Republican Amnesia works, isn't it.

    Re: Another Setback for Tom DeLay (none / 0) (#3)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:06:48 PM EST
    scar, Don't they need something to remember with, first?

    Re: Another Setback for Tom DeLay (none / 0) (#4)
    by BigTex on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:06:48 PM EST
    At what point will the denial of his right to a speedy trial be grounds for dismissing the charge?

    Re: Another Setback for Tom DeLay (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:06:48 PM EST
    OK, so Pat Priest is a man ("he"). So, I assume that he did not play Marilyn Munster.

    Re: Another Setback for Tom DeLay (none / 0) (#6)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:06:48 PM EST
    If he hadn't gone judge shopping they might have had a speedier trial

    Re: Another Setback for Tom DeLay (none / 0) (#7)
    by kdog on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:06:48 PM EST
    Why would the GOP want to give him his leadership position back? They can do better.

    Re: Another Setback for Tom DeLay (none / 0) (#8)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:06:48 PM EST
    I suspect most of the Repugs don't want Delay back, and would be happy if he faded into the sunset...but knowing his penchant for revenge, I'm sure they're all afraid to say anything on the off chance he makes back to a leadership position. So, don't expect a rush to replace him until after Mid-January.

    Re: Another Setback for Tom DeLay (none / 0) (#9)
    by merlallen on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:06:49 PM EST
    Any day now Bush will claim that DeLay worked for his opponent.