Court upholds ruling in DeLay case

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A state appeals court today upheld a lower-court dismissal of a conspiracy charge against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

A lower court judge dismissed the conspiracy charge in December.
The judge agreed with defense arguments that a conspiracy law
didn't cover election code violations when the alleged offense was
committed in 2002.

The Third Texas Court of Appeals in Austin upheld that finding.
No trial date's been set on the remaining criminal charges in Travis County.

DeLay still faces a money-laundering count and another conspiracy count stemming from the financing of state legislative races in 2002.

The Sugar Land Republican stepped aside as majority leader last fall after he was indicted in Texas. He won his GOP primary in March, but announced this month that he'll resign from Congress soon.