Tom DeLay Loses Bid to Move Trial From Austin

Tom DeLay, who had a moment in the sun last week when he learned the feds decided not to prosecute him, didn't fare as well in state court today.

The Judge refused to move his trial from Travis County, which includes Austin, which DeLay claimed was too liberal a county to be fair.

His trial is tentatively set for Oct. 26.

DeLay was indicted in 2005 on charges that he illegally sent $190,000 in corporate money through the Republican National Committee to help elect GOP Texas legislative candidates in 2002.

DeLay has pleaded not guilty to money laundering and conspiracy.

The court also held a hearing today on former prosecutor Ronnie Earle's alleged improprieties before the grand jury. (Background here.) Earle testified out of the presence of the media.

More on Ronnie Earle here, along with my advice to Tom DeLay to quit talking to the media and listening to his PR people and let his excellent attorney speak for him.

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    Too Liberal To Be Fair (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by squeaky on Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 07:00:57 PM EST
    Hilarious..  Wonder what the converse statement would be?

    conservative enough (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by jondee on Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 07:10:40 PM EST
    to let me get away with murder. In Jesus name, Amen.

    Conservative enough to say (none / 0) (#4)
    by republicratitarian on Thu Aug 26, 2010 at 09:02:11 AM EST
    "He wouldn't be charged if he wasn't guilty"

    I doubt self-described (none / 0) (#5)
    by jondee on Thu Aug 26, 2010 at 09:27:47 AM EST
    conservatives in Texas would adopt that attitude toward a good buddy and political crony of someone they voted in for two terms as Governor. Particularly one known for wearing his christianity on his sleeve when the situation calls for it..  

    There's normal, run-of-the-mill pride and denial in the face of reality and then there's the conservative Texas version, which is a species unto itself.


    Austin's a lot more conservative than it used to (none / 0) (#3)
    by Angel on Wed Aug 25, 2010 at 08:16:54 PM EST
    be, that's for sure.  Hope DeLay gets a hang 'em high jury.  

    Keep talking Tom! (none / 0) (#6)
    by jbindc on Thu Aug 26, 2010 at 01:09:49 PM EST
    Those highly educated potential jurors in Travis County will love it!