A Collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh

DeLay publicly admonished by House Ethics Committee

[JURIST] The House Ethics Committee (officially, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct) approved an investigative report Thursday and publicly admonished Majority Leader Tom DeLay for inappropriately attempting to convince Rep Nick Smith, R-Mich to change his vote from "no" to "yes" on a Medicare drug bill last year.

Smith claimed in 2003 that unnamed legislators and business interests had promised contributions to his son's congressional campaign if he voted for the bill. Smith, however, voted against the bill in November 2003; his son later lost a primary contest. Read the Ethics Committee's investigative report here [PDF]. AP has more.

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.