Two associates accused of money laundering and conspiracy along with Congressman Tom DeLay have been released on ten-thousand-dollar bonds.
A Texas judge has set them free after making it clear that the latest charges of criminal conspiracy are new, and do not supercede previous indictments.
Jim Ellis and John Colyandro are accused of joining the former House Republican leader in an illegal scheme to work around the state's ban on corporate contributions to 2002 political campaigns.
Their release comes a day after a Texas prosecutor subpoenaed Delay's home and campaign phone records from when he allegedly
conspired to launder the corporate money.
Attorneys for Ellis and Colyandro are asking the judge to make prosecutors produce a document that allegedly names Texas legislative candidates who were set to receive contributions from the Republican National Committee. The defense questions whether the document actually exists.
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