One of DeLay’s indictments has been dismissed:
senior district judge today dismissed one felony indictment but upheld another against U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, dashing DeLay’s hopes for a speedy resolution to his case.
A quick ruling in DeLay’s favor from senior state District Judge Pat Priest throwing the case out of court was crucial to the Sugar Land Republican’s efforts to regain his post as U.S. House majority leader. He was forced to step down when he was indicted in September.
Priest dismissed charges of conspiracy to violate the state election code but upheld a money laundering indictment against DeLay and two of his associates: Jim Ellis and John Colyandro. They were charged in connection with spending corporate money in the 2002 legislative races.
DeLay spokesman Kevin Madden portrayed the ruling as a major legal victory over Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle.
“The court’s decision to dismiss a portion of Ronnie Earle’s manufactured and flawed case against Mr. DeLay underscores just how baseless and politically motivated the charges were,” Madden said.
Make of it what you will. I am sure the Powerline will explain to us that this means DeLay is completely innocent of everything while ThinkProgress will explain that this is a sign how strong the other indictment is against DeLay. The truth, as always, is somewhere in between.
At any rate, this looks like the end of DeLay as Majority Leader, as elections will be held in January for new leadership.