DeLay's Wait Continues

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay must wait for the state's highest criminal appeals court to rule on his dropped conspiracy charge.

DeLay's campaign finance criminal case can then proceed.

He's denied wrongdoing.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys today will argue about the conspiracy charge before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin.

Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's office is appealing lower rulings that threw out the charge accusing DeLay and two others of violating corporate campaign laws.

Prosecutors want the charge reinstated.

But the defense says that conspiracy law didn't apply to the alleged election code violation when the conduct in question happened in 2002.

It could be months before the appeals court rules.

DeLay, who quit Congress, is not expected to be present in court today.


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