Travis County's DA vows to pursue Tom DeLay

Tom DeLay's legal nightmare is far from over -- not if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg gets her way. "We strongly agree that Tom DeLay is guilty," declared the liberal Democrat on Wednesday, soon after a Texas appeals court exonerated the former House Majority Leader of illegally funneling corporate contributions to Republican candidates in 2002. In arguing their case, Lehmberg and her team under then-District Attorney Ronny Earle had engaged in some creative legal arguments -- convincing a jury that the financial transactions amounted to money laundering. But the appeals court ruled that DeLay, age 66, violated no laws in Texas. It voted 2 to 1 along party lines. DeLay, who spent millions of dollars in legal fees, was in Washington when he learned he'd won -- prompting him to thank God and call the money laundering charges an "outrageous criminalization of politics." But Lehmberg declared, "This is far from over....(Read Full Post)