Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Meanwhile, back at the ranch

Texas Judge Won't Drop Charges Against DeLay Fundraiser

A key figure in the Texas Republican Party and a former director of U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's fundraising organization should stand trial on felony charges of money laundering, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Travis County District Judge Bob Perkins rebuffed a request by John Colyandro, the former director of DeLay's political committee Texans for a Republican Majority, to throw out an indictment charging him with money laundering and accepting illegal campaign contributions.

Perkins indicated that he thought a second indicted DeLay associate, GOP political consultant and fundraiser James Ellis, should stand trial. But he said he would make that decision after an August hearing.

Colyandro's lawyer, Joe Turner, said in an interview that he would appeal. Ellis' lawyer, J.D. Pauerstein, also denied wrongdoing. Representatives of DeLay, who has not been charged with a crime, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The ruling marks the latest development in an ethics and corruption case that has dogged the GOP's ascent in Texas.
Seems like there just aren't enough hours in the day to fully document the Republican sleazestorm.


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