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WHY do these things take so LONG?

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.

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:25 PM on Aug. 24, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • "The prosecutors sound like they are being PAID OFF or are DRAGGING their FEET for SOME reason"

    I agree with Sweet (and we don't often agree!) j/k Sweet :-P But seriously, the defendents probably know they will be convicted, so they are dragging it out to avoid sentencing.
    kenzie07

    Answer by kenzie07 at 3:58 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • That's the legal system for you. Doesn't matter what the issue, big or small, they take forever.
    SavageJane

    Answer by SavageJane at 1:26 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • In all honesty prosecutors will try and take as much time as possible. The slower it is the better chance of a plea. Prosecutors really want to chance a trial.
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 1:57 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • I thought they had a right to a speedy trial.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:25 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • I don't think five years is anyone's definition of speedy..If I was their lawyer, I'd be requesting the case got thrown out based on that.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:31 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • There is always a back log of cases, investigations and procedure take a long time plus the back log doesn't help.
    older

    Answer by older at 1:34 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • I guess what THEY call SPEEDY and what EVERYONE calls SPEEDY is just NOT the same ! lol

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:28 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • The prosecutors sound like they are being PAID OFF or are DRAGGING their FEET for SOME reason

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:34 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • Are there enough judges to handle the caseload?
    barefootbooks

    Answer by barefootbooks at 1:55 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • They sure got Rod "the Hair" Blagovich a SPEEDY trial

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:14 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

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