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Texas: Texas court denies speedy appeal to DeLay

The Austin American-Statesman reports: The state's highest criminal court refused Monday to intervene in the prosecution of U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on money-laundering charges.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied DeLay's motions without comment just two days after DeLay announced he was abandoning his efforts to reclaim the job of majority leader for the U.S. House of Representatives. DeLay had been pressing for an immediate trial, hoping to reclaim the job he had to give up when he was indicted last fall. ...

DeLay and his co-defendants, John Colyandro of Austin and Jim Ellis of Washington, are accused of laundering $190,000 of corporate money into the same amount of political donations to Texas legislative candidates from the Republican National Committee. State law generally prohibits spending corporate money in connection with campaigns, but the defendants argue the exchange was not money-laundering because it was two separate transactions.

The defendants still have appeals pending at the Texas Third Court of Appeals. -- Appellate court turns down DeLay appeal

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