More background on Austin, Tx. District Attorney Ronnie Earle, who is prosecuting U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on campaign finance charges, courtesy of the Washington Post: DeLay has accused Earle of playing to the press. The Post says Earle places it in the broader context of his mission: “Justice depends on the law. The law depends on democracy, democracy depends on free elections and free elections depend on freedom of the press. I see it as all of a piece.”
Earle is an avid practitioner of yoga. “Yoga is an antidote to the joint stiffness that accompanies age,” says Earle, 63. He is an honorary member of Alcoholics Anonymous — even though he’s not an alcoholic. He met many alcoholics while serving as a night court judge, he says. “They invited me to their AA meetings. How could I say no?” Buck Wood, an Austin lawyer and friend of Earle, says the prosecutor is “definitely a moderate,” and that he’s “not involved in the Democratic Party.” A self-described “radical moderate,” Earle has faced little serious opposition in his reelection campaigns.