Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Why Was DeLay Reindicted?

If you are asking why was Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay re-indicted, the answer may he found in the Dallas Morning News here

Tom DeLay was initially indicted in a case that was premised on an extension of the statute of limitations by agreement of the parties (see here).  He was then re-indicted for the crime of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. (see here). 

It seems the agreement to extend the statute may not have been an agreement that the defense considered to be binding.When DeLay went to withdraw the extension of the statute of limitations, the only choice the defense had was to step back while the prosecutor started punching.  And without doubt, one could easily expect the first punch to be the issuing of new indictments. The question here is why didn't the prosecutors initially charge the new counts?  What led prosecutors to hold back on these charges and come out swinging now? 

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