False prosecution of U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Jim Ellis and John Colyandro by TX Democrat zealot D.A. Ronnie Earle
If one Grand Jury refuses to indict, Earle simply demands another, tells them that he has the necessary evidence and bullies them into taking his word for it. In other words, he goes Grand Jury shopping until he gets one that will give him the political victory that he wants.
This is all about Earle's political hits to do as much political damage to his targets as possible.... and using Grand Juries and the Criminal Courts to accomplish it.
Seems to me Earle, himself, is violating both ethics and the law to use the power of the office of District Attorney to bring about indictments against his political enemies based upon material false statements and non-existent evidence.
So, let's see some proof from this partisan prosecutor on the public payroll that his so-called "evidence" ever existed in the first place. It's hard to believe that the D.A.'s office would be unable to keep up with such critical "evidence...." or at least to have a true and certified copy of such important "evidence" to show the Court.... instead of just a laundry list of Republicans.
And, surely Earle wasn't simply banking on the fact that Tom DeLay would accept a plea bargain deal, the offer of which betrayed the weakness of Earle's case and was roundly refused by DeLay. Anybody stupid enough to play a weak hand like that would be just as well off not to ever play poker....
Now would be a perfect time for the citizens of Texas to demand that this political partisan zealot be removed from the public payroll and held to account for multiple incidents of misuse of his power and office for political gain and making material false statements to multiple Grand Juries. Earle's next appearance in court should be as a defendant in a false prosecution and libel lawsuit brought by Tom DeLay, Jim Ellis and John Colyandro.
You can read about the missing evidence and DeLay's attorney's subsequent reaction to the news of this amazing turn of events, below or at the above link.
"Ronnie Earle: DeLay Evidence Missing"
"The most compelling piece of evidence cited by Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle to implicate House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in a money laundering and conspiracy case can't be located, Earle's prosecution team admitted on Friday.
Indictments against DeLay and fundraisers Jim Ellis and John Colyandro allege that Ellis gave "a document that contained the names of several candidates for the Texas House" to a Republican National Committee official in 2002.... The document was touted as proof that DeLay was part of a scheme to swap $190,000 in restricted corporate money for the same amount of money from individuals that could be legally used by Texas candidates.
....Earle's prosecution team told the court on Friday that they had only a "similar" list and not the one allegedly given to the RNC. Late in the day, they released a list of 17 Republican candidates in Texas, but fewer than half are alleged to have received money as part of the alleged DeLay plot.
DeLay's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin immediately pounced on the development, telling the Chronicle that the lack of a list "destroys" Earle's case against the three men. "That's astonishing, astonishing that they would get a grand jury to indict and allege there is a list and then they have to admit in open court the first time they appear in open court that there is no list," DeGuerin said.
Prosecutor Earle engaged in similar tactics in 1993, when he twice indicted Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for misuse of campaign funds, only to have the case dismissed both times. Earle indicted a third time, but when the case went to trial he failed to produce any evidence and was forced to dismiss all charges...."