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DeLay Judge Throws Out Earle Subpoenas

A state appeals court yesterday threw out more than 30 subpoenas issued by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle in the criminal case against Tom DeLay.

The court said that the subpoenas are null while the case is on hold. In December, the district court stayed the case, after Earle appealed a decision by Senior Judge Pat Priest to dismiss a conspiracy charge against DeLay.

Another Brick In The Wall

Peter Cloeren, who himself has pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws, has been issued a subpoena by Travis County prosecutor Ronnie Earle. Earle wants records of contributions made by Cloeren's Citizens United Political Victory Fund to Tom DeLay.

From The Orange Leader in Orange, Texas:

Hastert Gets Unwanted Attention

Over at The Washington Post, today there is a report on how House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) could become a new focus of scrutiny. While he has largely escaped attention as scandal engulfs Tom DeLay and other members of his party, the fact that he has repeatedly stood up for DeLay could come back to haunt him:

More subpoenas

Ronnie Earle has issued subpoenas surrounding donations to DeLay and former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA), who recently plead guilty to accepting bribes for government business and other favors, reports the AP.

Earle Wants US Family Network Contribution Records

Today Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle subpoenaed Robert G. Mills, a former campaign manager for Rep. Tom DeLay, reports the AP. He's seeking information about a 1999 $500,000 political contribution from the National Republican Congressional Committee to the U.S. Family Network.

where to start?

How about with this interview on Fox News yesterday? (Thank you, Judd Legum of the Center for American Progress.)

DELAY: And because of that rule, the Democrats used this runaway District Attorney here in Austin, Texas to abuse that rule. Eight grand juries indicted me, and the only reason to indict me is to get me to step aside.

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Free Enterprise Fund to Fight Earle Subpoenas

The conservative Free Enterprise Fund plans to fight subpoenas from Ronnie Earle, reports The Hill, although they have not been officially served yet. (Earle sent them courtesy copies). The group has run ads in Austin featuring a barking Rottweiler dog, with the narrative, "A prosecutor with a political agenda can be vicious." Earle is likely planning to argue that the group deliberately tainted the Travis County jury pool.

DeLay's Lawyers Want Transcripts

DeLay's lawyers are asking for the transcripts from the second grand jury proceedings. They're alleging that there was "prosecutorial misconduct" by Ronnie Earle.

The transcripts are "secret" and Earle does not have to release them unless ordered by a court. More from the AP.

Prosecuter Looking at MO Guv's Records

Fired Up Missouri reports that Texas prosecutors are examining campaign finance records of Gov. Matt Blunt for the year 2000. Previous news reports have said that Prosecutor Ronnie Earle was looking at records for ARMPAC; Roy Blunt's leadership PAC, the Rely on Your Beliefs Fund, and the Missouri Republian Party. It appears that the net is now wider than that.

California Dreaming: Earle Looks Into Donor's Relationship With DeLay

The Houston Chronicle and the San Diego Union-Tribune (among others) is reporting that Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle is looking into Tom DeLay's connection to a prominent poltical donor from California. The donor, Brent Wilkes, is one of the four defense contractors accused of bribing former Representative Duke Cunningham.