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An appeals court Monday refused to dismiss money laundering charges against Congressman Tom DeLay's request or send them to a lower court for immediate trial.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied the requests with no written order two days after the Sugar Land Republican announced he
was stepping down as House majority leader.
DeLay was forced to temporarily relinquish the post after he was indicted on money laundering and conspiracy charges in September.
He denies wrongdoing.
DeLay and his attorneys had been trying to rush to trial in Texas in hopes of clearing his name and allowing him to regain the position. All that changed Saturday when DeLay announced he would not attempt to reclaim the job.
The House is expected to hold leadership elections when lawmakers return to the Capitol the week of January 31.
DeLay and two associates allegedly channeled $190,000 in corporate cash through a Texas and national GOP fund-raising bodies to GOP state legislative candidates.
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