GOP Pundits Trumpeting a Partial Victory? HA!
Texas Judge Lets Stand 2 of 3 Charges Against DeLay
Pat Priest, a San Antonio judge, dismissed one charge against Tom Delay on Monday but let stand two more serious charges, complicating Mr. DeLay's hopes of regaining his post as House majority leader when Congress resumes in January.
Judge Priest dropped the lesser conspiracy charge, but he left standing charges of money laundering and conspiracy to launder money.
The decision moves DeLay and his co-defendants, GOP fund-raisers John D. Colyandro and James W. Ellis, a big step closer to facing trial - perhaps as soon as January - on felony charges that carry long prison terms and fines.
The best part is, these two remaining serious charges will prevent DeLay from reclaiming his seat as House Majority Leader. Even if he's found not guilty, the trial alone will Simpsonize* his reputation for the rest of his miserable life.
*a Pulp Friction original