Thursday, October 20, 2005

Arrest Warrant Issued for DeLay

The twin indictments of Rep. Tom DeLay for conspiracy and money laundering have resulted in the issuance of an arrest warrant which will require him to appear at a Texas courthouse to be photographed and fingerprinted. Delay is scheduled to appear at the Fort Bend County sheriff's office for the booking procedure. It's unlikely there will be the perp-walk that was seen in the Enron, WorldCom, and Adelphia cases (among others), but there will be a mug shot, which is usually so flattering (think Nick Nolte), and fingerprinting.  An AP story (here) notes that DeLay will be released on a $10,000 bond.  This may well generate even more contribution's to DeLay's campaign committee.  His campaign website (www.tomdelay.com) has the following letter:

As you probably know, the very partisan Travis County D.A. recently manufactured an indictment against me that is based on charges from the 2002 Texas State House elections. These charges are groundless and false.  I am completely innocent. Just as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and other public officials have defeated similar attacks from this D.A., I will prove his allegations are baseless and without merit. Despite this partisan distraction, I will continue to represent you and fight for the interests of our community. I hope you’ll take a moment now to read more about exactly what is happening and why. Thank you for visiting and I look forward to keeping you up to date on our fight against this out of control DA.

"Very partisan" and "out of control" in the same letter probably means this one is not going to get any friendlier in the near future. (ph)

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