Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Quashing the Indictment

Fox News has a post of Tom DeLay's motion to quash the indictment against him, based upon Ronnie Earle's several violations of the laws governing prosecutors and grand juries. And here's the letter which DeLay's attorney sent to Ronnie Earle, asking for his deposition. The letter could be a bit of a miscue, as it gives Earle time to consider his answers before his deposition is ultimately taken. But perhaps the strategy is to get a panicked Earle to drop his charges. Interestingly, check the footnote at the bottom of the brief for a clue as to what may be coming for our quixotic prosecutor.

Notwithstanding that, a politically-motivated prosecutor (if you doubt me on it, check this and this for some flavor) has much to fear from this latest development. As I posted below, this kind of thing could likely cost Earle his office, and worse yet for him, his license.

Which raises an interesting question: Once, Ronnie Earle, to make a stupid point, indicted himself (apparently without going blind) for a harmless one day late campaign finance filing. Will he indict himself again for what is appearing to be a significant violation of the law governing his duties as a prosecutor? Will he, on principle, step down temporarily as the prosecutor of DeLay's case? Will he resign his office and even surrender his license to practice if DeLay's allegations against him prove true?

Or will he go down as yet another Joe Wilson, Richard Clarke, or Dan Rather who put it all on the line in the name of liberalism and lost?


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