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Texas: appeals court hears argument on DeLay's case

AP reports: Prosecutors seeking to restore dropped charges against Rep. Tom DeLay told an appeals court Wednesday that Texas' prohibition on using corporate money in political campaigns is a felony and should be subject to the state's criminal conspiracy law.

A lower court judge dismissed a conspiracy charge against DeLay in December, agreeing with defense arguments that when the alleged offense was committed the conspiracy law did not cover election code violations.

DeLay is accused of funneling illegal corporate donations to Republican candidates for the Texas House. The Republicans went on to win control of the Legislature in 2002 and pushed through a DeLay-engineered redistricting plan that helped Texas send more Republicans to Congress in 2004. ...

Travis County Assistant District Attorney Richard Reed and DeLay's lawyer, Dick Deguerin, each offered brief oral arguments Wednesday focused mostly on technical legal questions about the state's conspiracy law.

The three-judge panel of the 3rd Court of Appeals was not expected to rule for at least a month. -- Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News

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