Prosecutors want DeLay trial postponed while conspiracy dismissal appealed Lisl Brunner at 8:34 PM ET
[JURIST] Prosecutors have asked that the the trial of US Rep. Tom DeLay [official website, JURIST news archive] be postponed while they appeal the dismissal of felony conspiracy charges against him. Texas Judge Pat Priest threw out the conspiracy charge [JURIST report] last week but refused to dismiss two charges of money laundering. DeLay is accused of funnelling $190,000 in corporate donations to seven candidates for the Texas State Legislature in violation of Texas law [text]. Priest has indicated reluctance to move forward with the trial while the District Attorney appeals the dismissal. DeLay had requested a speedy trial in the hopes of regaining his position as House Majority leader when Congress reconvenes in January. AP has more.
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