Texas

There's no way...

...that any Judge in his right mind could remove Judge Robert Perkins from presiding over indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay's criminal trial. There's no way. What a dangerous precedent that would set!

But, nonetheless, DeLay's attorneys have made the request and Senior Judge C.W. "Bud" Duncan Jr. has set a hearing for Nov. 1 in Austin to hear DeLay's motion to remove Perkins from his case, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The ad DeLay's replacement doesn't want you to see

On Friday we launched a powerful new ad in Majority Leader Roy Blunt's Southwest Missouri district.

On pins and needles

Not discouraged by yesterday's sneaky trip to a Harris County Police Station, the media has crowded outside of a Travis County Courthouse to await the indicted former Majority Leader's arrival, News 8 Austin is reporting.

Why is this man smiling? (Parts 2, 3, 4, etc.)

So...across the board, the headlines for today's coverage of Tom DeLay's visit to a Harris County Sheriff's Department are asking: "Why is this man smiling?".

As I mentioned in my previous post, celebrities, whether they've been arrested for driving under the influence or solicitation, never fare as well as the indicted former Majority Leader did with his mug shot. (And these are people who have their pictures taken for a living.)

Photographed and Fingerprinted

R.G. Ratcliffe and Dale Lezon of The Houston Chronicle report on DeLay's sneaky trip to a Harris County Sheriff's Department, "dodging" reporters who'd been camped out a a Fort Bend Police Department since the arrest warrant was issued Wednesday.

"Now Ronnie Earle has the mugshot he wanted," [DeLay's lead attorney Dick] DeGuerin said.

Q. Why is this man smiling?


(from CNN.com)

A. So he'll look too good on T-Shirts.

That's got to be the best, or happiest, I've ever seen DeLay. Wow.

AP: DeLay to be booked today in Ft Bend County

AP has the story:

Rep. Tom DeLay was ordered to appear for booking on state conspiracy and money laundering charges, and he could be fingerprinted and photographed as early as Thursday.

A state court issued the arrest warrant for DeLay on Wednesday and set an initial bail of $10,000, a routine step before the Texas Republican's first court appearance Friday in Austin.

Arrest Warrant

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Headline of the Day

"There's always a way..."

Jim Drinkard of USA Today reports on a conversation that indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay had with a Texas businessman in 1996, in which he advised him that there are "ways to get money moved around the system," and had an aide follow up with details.