A new group of grand jurors in Travis County, Tx., indicted former House Majority Leader. Tom DeLay, on money-laundering and conspiracy charges. The Austin American-Statesman reports that the re-indictment took only hours, compared to the six months that a previous grand jury took to consider allegations that Republicans and business allies, led by DeLay, tried to circumvent a state ban against corporate money in the 2002 Texas campaigns.
Although the documents describe the charges as a reindictment, the newspaper said it was not clear whether yesterday’s indictment replaces the previous one – or is in addition to it. The new indictment makes the case harder for prosecutors to prove. Most of the underlying allegations remain the same, but prosecutors now must prove DeLay conspired to launder money, a first-degree felony that carries a maximum life term.