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Texas appeals court throws out subpoenas in DeLay probe

[JURIST] The Texas Third Court of Appeals [official website] Monday threw out more than 30 subpoenas issued by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle [official website], who is investigating the political fundraising activities of former US House Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Attorneys for DeLay asked the court to throw out the subpoenas, saying Earle had issued them only to create bad publicity for DeLay.

Earle issued the subpoenas after Senior District Judge Pat Priest dismissed conspiracy charges against DeLay [JURIST report] in December. That ruling is itself now on appeal and is stayed in the interim, with a hearing scheduled for March 22. The Houston Chronicle has more.

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