AUSTIN, Texas – The judge in the money laundering case of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says he wants the ex-congressman from the Houston area to be tried first, before two co-defendants.
At a pre-trial hearing in Austin Tuesday, Judge Pat Priest said DeLay has been demanding a trial for five years.
Now that prosecutors are suggesting they'll press different charges of election code violations against co-defendants John Colyandro and Jim Ellis — essentially severing their cases from DeLay's — Priest says he won't give them a trial before DeLay.
DeLay and his co-defendants were indicted in 2005 in connection with efforts to fund and elect Republican state legislative candidates in 2002. The defendants contend they have done nothing wrong.
No trial dates have been set.
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