Case against Tom DeLay could be dropped

August 25, 2008 10:13:54 AM PDT
A report in an Austin newspaper says the money laundering case against former house speaker Tom DeLay could be dropped due to a legal technicality. DeLay and two others are accused of laundering corporate money into campaign donations back in 2002. It was all part of an effort to get congressional districts redrawn in the GOP's favor. The problem is the transactions in question used checks, not cash. And in 2002, using checks for those reasons was legal.

An appeals court highlighted that distinction in a ruling on Friday.

Delay's attorney tells the Austin American Statesman that he plans to take the case back to a district court in hopes of a getting a dismissal. The Travis County district attorney calls the check-versus-cash argument "absurd."

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