Janet Elliott - Houston Chronicle
DeLay's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said he expects the charges eventually will be dismissed because of Friday's ruling from the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals.
The indictments cost DeLay his leadership position. The Sugar Land Republican resigned from Congress in 2006 and is working as a consultant in Washington D.C.
“The distinction that the court made was absurd,” Earle said. “You ask people struggling to pay their grocery or gasoline bills whether a check is money and you are certainly going to get an earful.”
The three have denied any wrongdoing. DeGuerin said a similar amount of money sent by the national party to Texas legislative candidates came from separate legal donors in other states.
“They kept a Chinese wall between corporate money and individual money,” he said.
Earle said he doesn't believe the court's opinion “created any real obstacle to our prosecution of all of the defendants.”