- Associated Press - Monday, August 16, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says the Justice Department has ended a probe of the Texas Republican and will not file any criminal charges.

The six-year criminal investigation focused on Mr. DeLay’s ties to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was released from a minimum-security prison camp in June.

One of Mr. DeLay’s lawyers, Richard Cullen, said Monday the Justice Department’s Office of Public Integrity informed Mr. DeLay’s legal team early last week that it was ending the investigation.

Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney declined to comment, which is normally the case when the department ends a criminal probe without filing charges.

Mr. Abramoff served about 3 1/2 years in prison for fraud, corruption and conspiracy. He spent three days in a halfway house in Baltimore before he was placed in home confinement. Mr. Abramoff currently is working in a kosher pizzeria in northwest Baltimore.