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Hammered in the head: DeLay indicted for money laundering

Yanking out the tiny violin twice in one day (Bill Bennett got the first one)! Talk about a sh*tstorm of unwanted attention for the former bug exterminator. I’m enjoying this fall from grace way too much. I’m sure the GOP cockroach hangers-on are scurrying away from the hot spotlight being beamed on The Hammer now. Oh, and Tom’s “outraged.”

A Texas grand jury on Monday re-indicted Rep. Tom DeLay on charges of conspiring to launder money and money laundering after the former majority leader attacked last week’s indictment on technical grounds.

The new indictment, handed up by a grand jury seated Monday, contains two counts: conspiring to launder money and money laundering. The latter charge carries a penalty of up to life in prison. Last week, DeLay was charged with conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws.

Defense lawyers asked a judge Monday to throw out the first indictment, arguing that the charge of conspiring to violate campaign finance laws was based on a statute that didn’t take effect until 2003 — a year after the alleged acts.

The new indictment from District Attorney Ronnie Earle, coming just hours after the new grand jurors were sworn in, outraged DeLay.

Ronnie Earle has stooped to a new low with his brand of prosecutorial abuse,” DeLay said in a statement. “He is trying to pull the legal equivalent of a ‘do-over’ since he knows very well that the charges he brought against me last week are totally manufactured and illegitimate. This is an abomination of justice.”

Hat tip to Ol Cranky and The Heretik.

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