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Monday, October 17, 2005

A Deal Deferred 

Dick DeGuerin, the attorney representing disgraced bugman/bagman Tom DeLay (R - Orkin), is still whining like a little girl to anyone who will pay the least attention. No news there. But what is news is this little bombshell DeGuerin dropped in his latest letter bomb addressed to prosecutor Ronnie Earle:
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?




I wonder the same thing about height in the food chain, but you might've overlooked the other reason that a prosecutor will often offer a deal: it's cheaper than a full-blown trial.
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