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Mr. DeLay’s attorneys countered that he didn’t commit a crime because no corporate money was sent to Texas candidates. His attorneys told jurors the money swap was legal.

The once powerful but polarizing Houston-area congressman faces up to life in prison if convicted.


Vote-count lawsuit filed in Senate fight

ANCHORAGE | Alaska’s Republican candidate Joe Miller sued Monday to stop the state from using discretion in determining voter intent on write-in ballots cast for rival Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

The Associated Press last week called the race for Mrs. Murkowski, who had a 10,328-vote lead over Mr. Miller. Her total includes 8,159 ballots contested by Miller observers. Excluding those, she had a 2,169-vote lead.

Mrs. Murkowski mounted the write-in campaign after losing to Mr. Miller in the primary.

Mr. Miller’s lawsuit was originally filed in federal court, but a judge ruled a state court should decide the issue.

The judge, however, granted a temporary injunction halting certification of the Senate election, stipulating that Mr. Miller take his case to state court by Monday.


Rangel supporters urge ‘no’ vote on censure

NEW YORK | Rep. Charles B. Rangel’s supporters in New York’s Harlem want members of Congress to stand by him.

A group of local leaders says Mr. Rangel has worked hard in his decades-long career to support his community. They’re urging other members of the House of Representatives to vote no on a recommendation to censure him.

The Democratic congressman was convicted in an ethics trial by a panel of lawmakers on 11 counts of ethical wrongdoing, including his use of House letterheads and staff to solicit money for a college center named after him. A number of the donors had business before the House Ways and Means Committee while Mr. Rangel served as chairman.

The full House is expected to vote after the Thanksgiving break.