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Texas: appeals court affirms dismissal of conspiracy charge against DeLay

Bloomberg News reports: A Texas prosecutor lost a bid yesterday to reinstate a conspiracy charge against former U.S. House majority leader Tom DeLay, who still faces charges of laundering campaign contributions.

DeLay and two associates are accused of soliciting $190,000 in corporate donations in 2002, funneling the money through an arm of the Republican National Committee and then using it in state races in violation of Texas law. Grand juries indicted DeLay twice, once on a charge of conspiracy to violate the election code and a second time on money-laundering charges.

A lower court threw out the election code charge on the grounds that the alleged action was not illegal under Texas law at the time. An appeals court agreed yesterday. -- Conspiracy Charge Against DeLay Will Not Be Reinstated

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