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Topic - Ronnie Earle
After eight long years, I was finally acquitted last month for lack of evidence of the campaign-finance charges against me in Texas. These trying times have changed me as man, while solidifying my views that our country needs a constitutional revival to return us to our conservative values.
ANALYSIS: It's hard to imagine the U.S. as a place where citizens have to fear overzealous prosecution, but last week's reversals in the cases of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and five New Orleans police officers are part of a troubling pattern reminiscent of the Soviet criminal justice system — a system in which the state is always right, even when it is wrong.
Retired congressmen usually have it made. They either return home for a quiet life of leisure or head to K Street for a lucrative lobbying career. Former majority leaders have their pick of seven-figure opportunities. But not always. Tom DeLay, the former Texas congressman famous for his unbending conservative ways, has spent the past decade with neither a job nor a day's rest, fighting for his very freedom. The nightmare ended Thursday.
The man they called "the Hammer," who used Democrats as anvils, got a little satisfaction Thursday. An appeals court in Texas reversed the money-laundering conviction of Tom DeLay and told him to go and sin no more.
An attorney for former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told an appeals court Wednesday that the onetime GOP heavyweight’s efforts to influence Texas elections may have been distasteful but weren’t illegal.
Tom DeLay, a former U.S. House majority leader and GOP heavyweight, is getting ready to make his case to an appeals court that his 2010 conviction for taking part in a scheme to influence Texas elections should be overturned.
Around Washington, Rep. Tom DeLay was known as "the Hammer." It's a title he earned for his effective
The ex-treasurer of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political action committee told jurors Tuesday there was nothing wrong with the PAC collecting corporate money, as long as it didn't go to candidates.
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is getting the trial he's been seeking for five years that he says will clear him of allegations that he illegally funneled campaign money. Now he wants the case moved out of liberal Austin.
Bid to hush Rush
"If you really look at this, this is an outrage and a violation of freedom, a violation of law and it's a violation of just decency," he said, characterizing former District Attorney Ronnie Earle as a "rogue district attorney" who had to go to six grand juries before he could find one that would hand up an indictment.
Mr. Earle alleged that DeLay had conspired through a political action committee (on whose advisory board DeLay served) and the Republican National Committee to funnel $190,000, partially obtained from corporations, to candidates within the state.