nov 24 - Nov. 24th lecture 1. Ronnie Earle Travis County...

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Nov. 24 th lecture 1. Ronnie Earle – Travis County D.A. – Prosecutor 2. Defense Strategy: a. Jim Ellis and John Colyandro didn’t want to proceed with speed i. Hoped to get charges thrown out. b. DeLay wanted to proceed with speed i. Why? Proceeding quickly, hoping for acquittal or dismissal of charges would enable him to retain his position as House Majority leader. ii. When proceedings don’t progress as he’s hoped, he must resign his position as House Majority leader. iii. After his resignation as House Majority leader, no longer interested in proceeding with speed. Now in same position as Ellis and Colyandro in hoping that the longer it takes, hopeful that charges will be dismissed. c. DeLay’s team gets Judge Perkins recused from the case. i. Perkins was a Democrat and had contributed to lots of Democratic candidates campaigns. d. Prosecutors asked B.B. Schraub to recuse himself from presiding in DeLay’s criminal case. i. Republican, perceived to have personal bias favoring DeLay. ii. He had made some political contributions to Republican candidates. iii. Voluntarily recused himself and referred to chief justice of Supreme Court of Texas, Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson. e. Jefferson then contacted retired district judge Pat Priest to preside over the case. f. DeLay’s team wanted change of venue from Travis County to Fort Bend County (DeLay’s home county). i. Unlikely for impartial jury pool in Travis County
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2010 for the course GOV 335N taught by Professor Karch during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas.

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