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DeLay associate says charges outrageous, result of political motives

[JURIST] An attorney for Jim Ellis, head of Americans for a Republican Majority and an associate of former House majority leader Tom DeLay [official website], said in court documents Tuesday that all charges against Ellis are a result of government misconduct. Ellis, along with John Colyandro, has been charged [JURIST report] with multiple felony violations in the investigation into DeLay's 2002 campaign fundraising activities. Tuesday's motion accused Texas prosecutor Ronnie Earle [official website] of abusing the grand jury process, shoring up pretrial publicity and prosecuting Ellis and Colyandro for being Republicans with ties to DeLay. DeLay, Ellis, and Colyandro all face charges for allegedly funneling corporate money into state GOP races through the National Republican Party. In addition to filing motions to dismiss the indictments [JURIST report] against him, Tom DeLay has also subpoenaed Earle [JURIST report] in an effort to show improper grand jury conduct. DeLay's campaign website lists several accusations against Earle, which echo the allegations in Ellis' motion AP has more.

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