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DeLay Delayed

Tom Delay’s request for a speedy trial has hit a snag. Seems the dismissal of that single conspiracy count is being appealed — and the trial judge isn’t moving forward until the Texas Supremes make their ruling.

The challenge on the grand jury proceedings is on hold, as well as the hearing on a request to separate the charges for trial.

The House Republican leadership has already pushed back the date of return to very late in January in an attempt to give DeLay time to dispose of all these proceedings. With his trial pushed further into the calendar year, things aren’t looking good for DeLay’s bid to re-take his leadership role. That sound you here is Missouri Rep. Blunt pulling a Mr. Burns…yesssss.

Until things are settled, though, Delay’s delay leaves him smelling like rotten fish in the middle of the entire Republican congressional ethics cesspool. He’s just a steadily shrinking fish in the pond these days — but the smell is sure to leak out into the entire 2006 election pool if he keeps this up. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving indictee.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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