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DeLay attorneys request internal documents from prosecutor

[JURIST] Attorneys for US Representative Tom DeLay [official website; JURIST news archive] have requested internal communications from Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle [official website] in an effort to uncover information showing opposition to indicting the congressman. DeLay's legal team hopes the documents will strengthen their argument that the conspiracy [JURIST report] and money laundering [JURIST report] charges against him should be dismissed. Three grand juries heard testimony regarding the former House Majority Leader who has temporarily stepped down from his position, and two of those panels issued indictments. DeLay attorney Dick DeGuerin claims that Earle unlawfully participated in the second grand jury's deliberation on whether to seek another indictment, and that Earle coerced grand jurors into filing the criminal charges against DeLay. The first hearing in DeLay's trial is set to begin November 22 [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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