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DeLay Indictment

By: AP
By: AP

People familiar with the proceeding say a Texas prosecutor wasn't happy when one grand jury declined to indict Congressman Tom Delay over alleged illegal use of campaign money.

One of two people, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to grand jury secrecy, says Travis County prosecutor Ronnie Earle's reaction was "unpleasant."

Earle presented evidence to three grand juries. Two of them returned indictments, triggering a House Republican rule that forced DeLay to step aside, at least temporarily, from his post as majority leader.

One person says the sole evidence Earle presented to the grand jury that declined to indict was a DeLay interview with the prosecutor in August. DeLay reportedly said he was generally aware of activities of his associates.

DeLay says he's innocent and accuses Earle of trying to damage him politically.


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