Tom DeLay's Lawyer Confident of Appeal Outcome
Dick DeGuerin, Tom DeLay's lawyer, is confident DeLay's conviction will be reversed on appeal. First there's the legal argument on the money laundering statute, which includes. [More..]
Then there's the issue surrounding the political motivation of then-DA Ronnie Earle. DeGuerin says a "quirk" in TX law allows a DA to bring charges against any elected official in the state:
It's crazy, if they wanted to have some sort of office of public prosecutor of elected officials, that should be an office that is elective and responsive to the people of Travis County," he said.
Dick and Ronnie Earle go way back, to the case of Kay Bailey Hutchinson, which Dick won. Dick says the appeal will take years. (The case took over six years to go to trial. An overview from the Austin Statesman is here.)
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