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The latest, second, indictments of Tom DeLay for "money laundering" do a great deal to show us the true nature of a true political menace. Not a hack, a menace. I speak not of Tom DeLay, who is an innocent victim of this menace. I speak of Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle. This person was stunned when Tom DeLayís attorneys marched into court and demanded a dismissal of his first indictment, because the conduct implied (Tom DeLayís alleged role has never been set forth in detail) in that indictment was not even illegal under Texas campaign law as of the date it was alleged to have happened. So that count, while not dismissed instantly (the presiding judge is out of the country for a vacation), was doomed.
"In order to continue to keep Tom DeLay from reassuming his Congressional leadership role (under rules that the GOP imposes upon itself but the Democrats donít abide), Ronnie Earle trumped up ímoney launderingí charges, one of which carries a life prison term."
In order to continue to keep Tom DeLay from reassuming his Congressional leadership role (under rules that the GOP imposes upon itself but the Democrats donít abide), Ronnie Earle trumped up "money laundering" charges, one of which carries a life prison term. "But John," the leftists say, "you canít get an indictment without evidence!" Hogwash. Earle himself has done it before, in his politically-motivated crusades against Kay Bailey Hutchison and Ken Mattox. A Grand Jury proceeding is secret. There is no way of knowing what he said or did. He managed to squeeze out this indictment on the first day of a newly-impaneled Grand Jury.
So Tom DeLay stands accused of crimes designed to keep mobsters from profiting from their illegal ventures: Money Laundering. One of the essential elements of money laundering is that the money to be laundered is gained from illegal activities. These funds were legally gained from lawful campaign contributions. Someone, not Tom DeLay, transferred $190,000 from a PAC that he founded to the Republican National Commmittee. They then used that money for office expenses and the like, but the RNC also donated a total of $190,000 to various Texas GOP congressional campaigns. The donations were legal. The Democrats do this thing all of the time, even in Texas. Yet no Democrats stand accused of crimes carrying a life sentence!
"I read the indictment at FindLaw. Again, DeLay stands accused only in conclusions, with no facts to back up his alleged role. Moreover, there is no possibility of money laundering unless the gains are ill-gotten!"
I read the indictment at FindLaw. Again, DeLay stands accused only in conclusions, with no facts to back up his alleged role. Moreover, there is no possibility of money laundering unless the gains are ill-gotten! This indictment is doomed, and rightly so. Tom DeLay will see these charges dismissed, and then he had better sue Ronnie Earle and come after this evil menace with everything he has and as a mission in life. If he can discover any undue influence to force an indictment, then DeLay should go public with it, and demand that Ronnie Earle stand for criminal charges for misprison of a felony.
This is a sick, evil and disturbing trend. The left is stopping at absolutely nothing to get power. The end result of this totalism, this pursuit of total victory with no regard to the consequences, civil war, tyranny, or both. The abuse of the criminal courts to influence politics is the most sickening development in the leftís totalism to date.
Ronnie Earle is deservedly included in the worse part of our Hall of Shame.