Prosecutors Seek Reinstatement of Charges Against DeLay

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AUSTIN (AP) - Prosecutors in the case against Congressman Tom
DeLay have asked Texas' highest criminal court to reinstate an
indictment accusing him of conspiring to violate state election laws.

The appeal filed with the Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday had been expected.

A Travis County grand jury indicted DeLay and two political consultants last year on money laundering and conspiracy charges. Both stem from a 2002 campaign finance transaction.

A district judge later threw out the conspiracy indictment and let stand the money laundering charge. Prosecutors want the conspiracy indictment reinstated.

It likely postpones a trial for DeLay on a separate money laundering charge.

DeLay has said he will retire June 9.