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Houston's Kirkendall on DeLay's indictment: "Weak"

My e-mail account has received a steady stream of links from a number of you about the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom Delay, R-Texas, particularly in response to Norm Pattis' post about charge-bargaining. One such link is a post by Houston attorney Tom Kirkendall, who writes:

"[A]t the end of the day, this is a very weak indictment. From a strategic standpoint, Mr. Earle doesn't want to show too much of his hand at this point, but a prosecutor should be required to state with a fair degree of specificity the criminal acts that he contends occurred. Mr. Earle has not done that in regard to Mr. DeLay in the current indictment."

Later, in a comments exchange with (some partisan) readers, Kirkendall reaches beyond partisanship to his greater concern about the judicial system:

"[T]there has been a titanic shift on the national political level -- fully embraced by both major political parties -- toward utilizing the power of the state to persecute enemies for either political gain or merely punishment. We are in total agreement that the shift is one that is extremely dangerous to justice and the rule of law."

What do you think?

Posted by Laurel Newby on September 30, 2005 at 02:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)


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