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Texas appeals court rejects DeLay bid for speedy trial

[JURIST] The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] on Monday denied requests [JURIST report] by US Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) [official website; JURIST news archive] that the money laundering charges against him either be dismissed or sent back to a lower court for an immediate trial. The state's highest criminal court denied the requests two days after DeLay stepped down [JURIST report] from his post as House Majority Leader [official website]. DeLay's attorney Dick DeGuerin said they will continue to push for a quick trial because the representative faces opposition in the March republican primary elections. A conspiracy charge against DeLay was dismissed [JURIST report] in December but prosecutors appealed that decision, and the case for the remaining money laundering charges will not proceed until the Texas Third Court of Appeals reviews the prosecution's appeal. AP has more.

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