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DeLay Hearing Put Off Until After The Holiday Season

More bad news for DeLay. Judge Priest has sent a letter to DeLay's defense team telling them that because of other cases the Judge has pending, he won't be able to hold any hearings on DeLay's case until December 27--at the earliest.

The Judge also told DeLay's lawyers that DeLay will be on trial with John Colyandro and Jim Ellis--the others accused along with him.

DeLay's New Strategy Involves A Lot of "If's"

Judge priest stripped out some language in the conspiracy charge against DeLay which could push back the trial date if the prosecutors decide to appeal that decision.

Because of this, DeLay is trying to separate the two charges--money laundering and conspiracy to launder money--that are still pending against him in hopes of getting a speedy trial.

Round Up

Judge Priest's DeLay ruling gets front-page billing in major dailies today. There are lots of opportunities for guessing-the-anonymous-source, particularly when talking about DeLay's political future--or lack thereof.

It's all about the money

A colleague of mine asked me today if I had any insight into what happens inside Tom DeLay's head. I started thinking..........

I'm Tom DeLay. I was indicted on money laundering charges stemming from moving $190,000 in corporate campaign contributions, and earlier today a judge just said that I had to stand trial for the crime. What do I do now?

I know! Hold a fundraiser with Vice President Dick Cheney!

BREAKING: Judge upholds money laundering charge against DeLay; DeLay to go to trial

Judge Pat Priest just upheld the money laundering charge against former Majority leader Tom DeLay. He threw out the conspiracy charge. DeLay, it seems, dodged one bullet, but is heading to trial anyway. Let's see how they spin this one.

It's time for DeLay to resign, and for your representative to demand that he step down.

Here's the AP story.

Big week for DeLay, GOP

As early as tomorrow, Texas Judge Pat Priest will reportedly determine whether DeLay will stand trial on criminal conspiracy and money laundering charges.

As AP writes up, this decision will likely decide whether or not the once Majority Leader becomes the once and future Majority Leader.

At issue are several developments:

Priest Delays Trial For Two Weeks

CNN reports that Judge Pat Priest has decided that he will need two weeks to go over the documents and motions submitted by both sides in the DeLay case before ruling on whether or not to dismiss the charges against DeLay.

The judge also said that if the charges stand he does not think the trial will occur before the end of the year.

Hurry up, I want my job back

DeLay's lawyers ask Earle to hurry up. Don't hold your breath. DeLay's only hope to get his Majority Leader post back is to have a resolution before January. If it goes longer, there will be new leadership elections in Washington.

DeLay's words

The Times Union of Albany, NY says what I've been thinking: There is a higher standard for public officials. DeLay admitted to money laundering when he was brought to Austin by District Attorney Ronnie Earle, and now says he didn't break the law. But he knew it was happening, and whether he is convicted of the crimes or not, he's violated the standard to which we hold elected officials. Or, at least, the standard to which we should hold elected officials.

Foot Meet DeLay's Mouth

On October 18, Team DeLay's spin was that D.A. Ronnie Earle "tried to coerce" DeLay into pleading guilty to a misdemeanor offence. Team DeLay attempted to portray Earle as a desperate D.A. that was forced to charge DeLay on felony counts because his plea proposal was rejected.