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News of the weird

In a bizarre publicity stunt, Delay attorney Dick DeGuerin sent a letter to prosecutor Ronnie Earle claiming that the prosecutor tried to get the indicted former Majority Leader to plead guilty to a misdemeanor so that he could retain his leadership post, the Associated Press reports.

Smile for the camera

Indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay will be booked in a Texas County jail on Friday, despite efforts by his lawyers to avoid the process of being figerprinted and having his mug shot taken.

Judge Bob Perkins apparently believes that the same rules should apply to everyone.

"Perkins believes that if God was charged with a felony, he would have to go through the booking process, too," said D'Ann Underwood, court coordinator for the judge.

Another Reporter Makes the Trek to DeLay's District

The Boston Globe's Rick Klein files a piece with a Richmond, Texas, byline today. Worth a read.

I agree with Ambassador Schechter:

DeLay Raised Roughly $1 Million in Third Quarter

The indicted former Majority Leader broke his own fundraising record last quarter, raising about $1 million, according to AP.

Can you say addicted to campaign money?

Here's one interesting source, given DeLay's oft-repeated invectives against lawyers:

The Fall of 2002

The Fall of 2002 must have been a busy time for Tom DeLay. Cruising to victory back home, DeLay was funnelling money to candidates around the country and around the state. He was at once trying to win Republican races through ARMPAC donations and expenditures in tight congressional contests, and to engineer a take-over of the Texas State Legislature. By all accounts, DeLay was successful.

Buy American?

There's more. Travis County Prosecutor Ronnie Earle has issued a third party subpeona for the records for DeLay's purchase or lease of a 2004 Toyota Sienna.

The attorney for the state has asked the Custodian of Records of Toyota Motor Credit Corp. to produce "purchase agreements, applications, receipts, check copies, trade-in information, down payment information, and all documents relating to issuance of credit by the lien holder."

You knew this was coming...

From AP:


Prosecutor subpoenas DeLay's phone records

WASHINGTON-- A Texas prosecutor subpoenaed telephone records for the home phone of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his political campaign Thursday.

Also subpoenaed were phone records for two numbers for his daughter, Dani DeLay Ferro.

*Ring* Is Your Refrigerator Running?

OK, so those aren't really the kind of anonymous calls that Samantha Levine writes up in today's Houston Chronicle, but an unknown group called "We The People" is making calls to voters in Republican congressional districts across the country.

Special Interest Group Attempting to Taint DeLay Jury Pool

Public Campaign Action Fund Calls on Free Enterprise Fund to Pull Ads Immediately

Washington, DC – Public Campaign Action Fund, a non-partisan watchdog group, today called on the Free Enterprise Fund to immediately stop running television ads that amount to jury tampering.

DeLay Desperation

I'm still scratching my head about this move of DeLay's to try to subpoena Earle and members of the grand jury. Is it all just for the media coverage? It certainly doesn't look like a good legal move, or even a sound one.

Here's more from today's Houston Chronicle: