Texas DA Criticizes the DeLay Rule

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It seems that Ronnie Earle, the district attorney for Travis County, TX, who is heading up the DeLay fund raising investigation, is a little perplexed as to why Congress would pass a law protecting a politician that has yet to be indicted. (You can real his full response in the New York Times).

Last week Congressional Republicans voted to change their rule that required an indicted leader to relinquish his post. They were responding to an investigation by the Travis County grand jury into political contributions by corporations that has already resulted in the indictments of three associates of Mr. DeLay, the House majority leader.

Yet no member of Congress has been indicted in the investigation, and none is a target unless he or she has committed a crime. The grand jury will continue its work, abiding by the rule of law. That law requires a grand jury of citizens, not the prosecutor, to determine whether probable cause exists to hold an accused person to answer for the accusation against him or her.

[Ed. note: Welcome to Rick Bielke, who is going to help out posting stuff here. -- David]