"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Monday, October 17, 2005
A Texas prosecutor tried to persuade Rep. Tom DeLay to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and save his job as majority leader but DeLay refused, the congressman's attorney said Monday....
"Before the first indictment you tried to coerce a guilty plea from Tom DeLay for a misdemeanor, stating the alternative was indictment for a felony which would require his stepping down as majority leader of the United States House of Representatives," DeGuerin wrote.
Ignore all that stuff about coercion - offering deals is what prosecutors do, and there is nothing "coercive" about it, at least not in the legal sense - the bottom line is that DeLay was offered a deal. And the interesting thing about it, to my mind, is that a deal usually implies that the prosecutor thinks he or she can get the target to roll over on someone higher up the food chain. But - who's higher up the food chain than Tom DeLay?