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.

Well, I have no idea what kind of mugshot Earle wanted, but I think everyone's a little surprised by the one we got. The man has never taken a better picture in his life. Celebrities get arrested all the time, and they never look that good in their mugshots. C'mon...how'd this guy wind up looking fresh as a daisy?

(Sorry...I got off track...thanks for the fun diversion, Smoking Gun.)

The Chronicle goes on to report that DeLay's attorney asked for Judge Bob Perkins to be replaced and requested a change of venue, citing that Austin is "one of the last enclaves of the Democratic Party in Texas."

DeGuerin said that DeLay received no special treatment by being allowed to surrender in Harris County, and claimed it was because of the department's proximity to his Houston offices. Something tells me the issue was more the convenience of not having to face all those TV cameras over in Fort Bend...

"Fort Bend County Sheriff Milton Wright said DeGuerin had asked Wednesday if DeLay could come in and out of the sheriff's office unnoticed," Ratcliffe and Lezon write. "Wright said he told DeGuerin that even if DeLay could come in through a back door to avoid the media, 'he would have had to come out the front.'"