DeLay Eludes Indictment — So Far

From Holden:

A loophole has saved DeLay, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle hinted that he might have indicted DeLay if the congressional leader had fallen under his jurisdiction. Because DeLay lives in Sugar Land, jurisdiction under Texas election law would fall to Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey Jr.

“One problem we have, as you know, is with certain individuals (and) has to do with jurisdiction,” Earle said.

Earle declined to say whether he had referred any information to Healey. Healey was not available for comment.


Though he cannot prosecute DeLay on election-law violations, Earle has refused to rule out possible legal action if other criminal actions are discovered.

“No one’s off the hook. The investigation is ongoing,” Earle said.

And Hot Tub Tom has been doing his best to wriggle off the hook, according to the Austin American-Statesman [registration required].

It was also disclosed that a parade of officials – U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who created Texans for a Republican Majority [the indicted PAC]; TAB [Texas Association of Business, also indicted] President Bill Hammond; and [Texas House Speaker Tom] Craddick – met seperately with prosecutors in recent days to try to head off additional charges.