Thursday, October 20, 2005

Reading between the lines

A minor point, since Holden actually brought it to my attention, but read this AP article carefully, and what do you see?

DeLay has denied wrongdoing and accused Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle — a Democrat — of having partisan motives. Earle has denied the accusation. Earle did not ask for the arrest warrant for DeLay but approved the court's request, his office said Wednesday.

"What we're trying to avoid is Ronnie Earle having him taken down in handcuffs, and fingerprinted and photographed," DeGuerin said last month. "That's uncalled for, and I don't think that's going to happen."
Who is this "we" DeGuerin mentions? Does he have a mouse in his pocket?

As Holden's post notes:

State District Judge Bob Perkins on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for the former U.S. House majority leader that allows DeLay to be booked in any Texas county, including in his hometown of Sugar Land, away from the media throng expected in Austin.

Until Wednesday's warrant was issued, DeLay had only been summoned to appear in 331st District Court at 9 a.m. Friday. The warrant, which requires a defendants to be booked, then could have been issued in court that day, and DeLay would have gone downstairs to be photographed and fingerprinted on the first floor of the Travis County Criminal Justice Center. The booking room has a wall of windows that would have allowed the news media to record the moment.
DeLay is having a harder and harder time making his case that this is all simply politics by other means.

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