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DeLay is booked and released

This is not a normal mug shot. I want the real deal.

Cheated. Where’s the little sign that you hold when they snap your pic? Why isn’t there a profile view?

Rep. Tom DeLay turned himself Thursday in at the Harris County sheriff’s office, where he was photographed, fingerprinted and released on bond on state conspiracy and money laundering charges.

“He posted $10,000 bond and they have left the bonding office,” Lt. John Martin with the sheriff’s department said.

DeLay, accompanied by his attorney, Dick DeGuerin, showed up about 12:15 p.m., appeared before a judge and was gone in less than 30 minutes, Martin said.

The appearance came a day after a state court issued an arrest warrant for DeLay and set an initial bail, a routine step before the Texas Republican’s first court appearance Friday in Austin.

DeLay had been expected to make the appearance in his home county, Fort Bend, a suburban county southwest of Houston, where an entourage of media had been camped out awaiting him. Under Texas law he could check in anywhere in the state.

Calling all P’shop fiends — he’s given us a blank slate, so make him look like the criminal that he is.

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