December 31, 2004
Colyandro moves for dismissal

Related to the previos item, John Colyandro, one of the three individuals indicted so far in the TRMPAC investigation, has filed a motion to dismiss the charges against him.

John Colyandro contends he couldn't have improperly received the contributions because he wasn't a candidate, officeholder or political committee.

Texas law states that only officeholders, candidates and political committees are capable of illegally accepting contributions.

The motion was made Tuesday by an attorney for the former executive director of Texans for a Republican Majority. That's a political action committee with ties to Republican U-S House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Sugar Land.

Colyandro was indicted in September, along with two other DeLay associates who helped raise money to secure a Republican majority in the Texas House in 2002.

Gregg Cox of the Travis County district attorney's office told the newspaper he hasn't reviewed Colyandro's pleading but had been expecting such motions.

Clever argument on the surface. One would hope the DA's office is not dumb enough to indict someone who by definition can't have broken the law in question. We'll see what the judge thinks.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 31, 2004 to Scandalized! | TrackBack