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The DeLay trial finally gears up

OMG, I’m almost as excited about this as I am about the World Series.

Lawyers in the Tom DeLay conspiracy trial have subpoenaed a who’s who of witnesses, from associates of disgraced Washington, D.C., lobbyist Jack Abramoff to former Texas Speaker Tom Craddick, for the biggest political trial in Austin in years.

The witness list for Travis County prosecutors includes chief executives of companies indicted for donating corporate money, several state lawmakers, enough Beltway lobbyists to pack a Capitol hearing and associates that DeLay shared with Abramoff, a former D.C. powerbroker nicknamed “Casino Jack” who pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe public officials.

DeLay’s lawyers have countered with their own heavyweights: former Ambassador Tony Garza, Austin lobbyist Buddy Jones and Craddick, the politician who benefited the most from DeLay’s campaign efforts, which led to the charges that he conspired to launder corporate money — which is illegal in Texas campaigns — during the 2002 elections.

Jury selection begins Oct. 26, and testimony is expected to begin the following week.

There’s not enough popcorn in the world for this, my friends. I cannot wait.

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  1. T Marknig says:

    “disgraced Washington, D.C., lobbyist Jack Abramoff” – – WTF? The man is a convicted FELON, not “discgraced”. What “grace” did he have that has been “dissed”?!?!? He is serving time for his crimes. It makes it sound like Kay Bee “perjury is such a trivial thing” Hutchison.

    Puh-Lease! You’re repeating what the underinformed and often lazy media do.

    Otherwise, I enjoy your blog a lot!

    Thanks for listening to the rant.

  2. Thanks for the feedback, but please note that “disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff” was a quote from that Statesman article, not my words. Feel free to search my archives for plenty of examples of how I characterize Abramoff.

  3. T Marking says:

    My apologies, I didn’t click through. So, it IS in fact the same descriptor *some* of the lazy media continue to use. You’re right, and I’ll take your word about how YOU describe Abramoff. I might not be so delicate in MY wording!