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Judicial Races Now Targeted By Big-Money Interests

In judicial elections, Tennessee’s approach lets the people vote on appointments made by the state’s governor, and are usually low-key, small turnout affairs.

Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor blasts Tom DeLay

On NPR this morning, Nina Totenberg covered a speech by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in which she took DeLay to task, not by name but by deed. Here's a partial transcript, courtesy of Raw Story:

Prosecutors Seek to Revive DeLay Conspiracy Charge

Prosecutors are seeking to revive a criminal conspiracy charge against Rep. Tom DeLay, reports the AP. They want the 3rd Court of Appeals to reconsider the decision of State District Judge Pat Priest to dismiss a charge of conspiracy to violate state election law.

Be Careful What You Email

For a peek into the Judge Pat Priest's chambers, read the report in the Austin American-Statesman on how he has apologized in a previously confidential email to Tom DeLay's legal team and prosecutors about the "very confused state" of the trial.

Bush On The Defensive For DeLay Comment

During an interview on FOX News Channel on Wednesday, President Bush was asked if he thought DeLay was innocent. The President responded "yes I do" immediately putting the White House on the defensive.

From the Washington Post:

"'The president of the United States said a jury does not need to assemble, that Tom DeLay is innocent,' said Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).

DeLay Front Page News...Again

Tom DeLay must be rethinking the adage that all publicity is good publicity. He makes the nation's front pages again today, as newspapers report on the Supreme Court's decision to take up the Texas redistricting case.

Prosecutors Want DeLay, Whoops, Delay

The AP reported yesterday that prosecutors asked Judge Pat Priest not to let Rep. Tom DeLay's trial begin because they plan to appeal the judge's dismissal of one of the three campaign finance charges against him. If Judge Priest agrees, that makes it tough for DeLay to regain his leadership seat in January.

Quick links to stories of note

I'm in meetings over the next couple of days so blogging will be a little light. Here are two stories of note, though. The first is a Dallas Morning News editorial that was syndicated by Knight-Ridder, which means it appeared elsewhere:

Beyond DeLay: New leaders could help GOP - and country

The second is a breaking story from AP that the Supreme Court will take up the Texas redistricting case. Look for more internal memos from Justice to leak:

DeLay Hearing Put Off Until After The Holiday Season

More bad news for DeLay. Judge Priest has sent a letter to DeLay's defense team telling them that because of other cases the Judge has pending, he won't be able to hold any hearings on DeLay's case until December 27--at the earliest.

The Judge also told DeLay's lawyers that DeLay will be on trial with John Colyandro and Jim Ellis--the others accused along with him.

DeLay's New Strategy Involves A Lot of "If's"

Judge priest stripped out some language in the conspiracy charge against DeLay which could push back the trial date if the prosecutors decide to appeal that decision.

Because of this, DeLay is trying to separate the two charges--money laundering and conspiracy to launder money--that are still pending against him in hopes of getting a speedy trial.