Tom DeLay Indicted

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  1. tybee204

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9507677/

    Texas grand jury expands scope of investigation as deadline to act nears

    WASHINGTON - A Texas grand jury’s recent interest in conspiracy charges could lead to last-minute criminal indictments — possibly against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — as it wraps up its investigation Wednesday into DeLay’s state political organization, according to lawyers with knowledge of the case.

    Conspiracy counts against two DeLay associates this month raised concerns with DeLay’s lawyers, who fear the chances are greater that the majority leader could be charged with being part of the conspiracy. Before these counts, the investigation was more narrowly focused on the state election code.

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  3. Marthatex

    Marthatex New Member

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    Gee, I hope he doesn't have to go back to pest control.
     
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    BREAKING NEWS
    NBC News and news services
    Updated: 1:07 p.m. ET Sept. 28, 2005

    WASHINGTON - A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, an indictment that could force him to step down as House majority leader.
     
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    Wow that's big news. He looks and acts like a mean man to me. I like Trent Lott 100 times better, especially after his recent leadership in Mississippi.
     
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    LMAO His business was/is quite lucrative. I wonder how it would be if he started it back up.
     
  7. Marthatex

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    I"ve lived in Houston, and you'll do anything to get rid of roaches and termites there.

    How does he look in a mask and a little spray can? No, I'm sure he'll retire and do good works.
     
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    This has been an obvious long time coming, IMO. I will keep my remaining comments for the political forum, but I will say that this is a step in the right direction.
     
  9. kato

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    I live in Houston also. Man!!! Roaches are my BIGGEST fear. Those big ole flying tree roaches. You can never tell where you might encounter one. I'll probably die of a heart attack one day running and screaming when I see one.
     
  10. Jules

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    DeLay indicted, will step aside as majority leader

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, forcing the House majority leader to temporarily relinquish his post.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/09/28/delay.investigation.ap/index.html
     
  11. Marthatex

    Marthatex New Member

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    Well obviously you haven't seen the snakes, tarantulas and scorpions that I live with.

    The other day I had a snake on the front drive with an orange stripe down it's back. I told my husband about it later, he shrugged, and the next night he opened his tool box and THERE IT WAS - curled up inside.

    Scorpions hurt and are the worst. But roaches are just horrible.

    Speaking of snakes, better get back on topic.

    I guess he has just stepped down temporarily. I don't guess this helps the Bush administration right now; when it rains it pours.
     
  12. kato

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    Oh no. I couldn't handle all that.
     
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    AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas grand jury on Monday re-indicted Rep. Tom DeLay on charges of conspiring to launder money and money laundering after the former majority leader attacked last week's indictment on technical grounds.

    The new indictment, handed up by a grand jury seated Monday, contained two counts. The money laundering charge carries a penalty of up to life in prison. The charge of conspiracy to launder money is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

    Last week, DeLay was charged with conspiracy to violate campaign-finance laws, forcing him to leave his leadership position.
     
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    It will be interesting to see how this all turns out. I'm so sick of politicians :sick: I swear they all bicker just to bicker. If one takes a stand about something the other HAS to take the opposite stand.

    And I'm wondering if the only thing they all care about as far as picking another Supreme Court judge is..."how do they feel about 'Roe vs Wade?"
    Is that the only thing that the Supreme Court deals with? Aren't there other issues just as important? A person wouldn't think so. I can sure think of a few.

    I don't know much about DeLay but I'm wondering if he isn't being set up to get him out of his post. That guy with the hill billy name sounds like he is after blood just to be after it....and there may not even be any there. If he is out for revenge or to get rid of DeLay and it all blows up in his face he would be smart to hop a plane for Nowhere.
     
  15. Nova

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    DeLay isn't being set up. He's as corrupt as they get.

    I know what you mean about "Roe v. Wade" not being the only issue. I think the problem is that it has become a litmus test for an entire set of beliefs. Probably not fair to the issue or to the country.
     
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    Roe v Wade has stood for 32 years through Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II. Supreme Court Justices Douglas, Brennan , Stewart, White, Marshall, Burger, Blackmun, Powell, Rehnquist, Stevens, O'Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Roberts, .

    Only 2 Justices sitting in the last decade or more were appointed by Democrats. Politicians use the morality of it as Political Leverage but IMO no Court is ever going to overturn it.
     
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/04/AR2005100401637.html

    Texas Prosecutor Cites New Input on DeLay
    Earle Doesn't Respond to Lawmaker's Attack


    By R. Jeffrey Smith
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, October 5, 2005; Page A02

    The Texas prosecutor overseeing an investigation of former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) fired back yesterday at criticism by DeLay's lawyers that he brought a new indictment against the powerful legislator on Monday to fix a legal flaw in the first indictment of DeLay last week.

    Travis Country District Attorney Ronnie Earle said in a written statement released late yesterday that the new indictment charging DeLay with the criminal felonies of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering was based on new information that "came to the attention of the District Attorney's Office" last weekend.
     
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    It has nothing to do with politics. He wanted money, he was greedy and thought he could use loop holes to hide it.
    It is about theft. Money laundering is theft. He is a no account theif.
     
  19. NewMom2003

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    Yep, he sure is.
     
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    AP: DeLay, Blunt Traded Secret Donations

    WASHINGTON - Tom DeLay deliberately raised more money than he needed to throw parties at the 2000 presidential convention, then diverted some of the excess funds to longtime ally Roy Blunt through a series of donations that benefited both men's causes.

    When the financial carousel stopped, DeLay's private charity, the consulting firm that employed DeLay's wife and the Missouri campaign of Blunt's son all ended up with money, according to campaign documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

    Jack Abramoff, a Washington lobbyist recently charged in an ongoing federal corruption and fraud investigation, and Jim Ellis, the DeLay fundraiser indicted with his boss last week in Texas, also came into the picture.
    The complicated transactions are drawing scrutiny in legal and political circles after a grand jury indicted DeLay on charges of violating Texas law with a scheme to launder illegal corporate donations to state candidates.

    Blunt last week temporarily replaced DeLay as House majority leader, and Blunt's son, Matt, has now risen to Missouri's governor.

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