- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

AUSTIN, TEXAS (AP) - A Texas appeals court has delivered a setback for prosecutors in a case that has links to former Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

The court has voted not to review a previous decision that Texas’ money laundering law was unconstitutionally vague.

Tuesday’s 3-2 decision came in a case involving John Colyandro and Jim Ellis and their role in alleged money laundering for DeLay’s Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee.

The two men operated Texans for a Republican Majority during the 2002 campaign.

DeLay is not a defendant in this case.

Prosecutors wanted the state’s Third Court of Appeals to reconsider a previous ruling which held that the law applied to cash, not checks.

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