How many swings does he get?

I’ve never been a fan of Tom Delay, and I’ve not paid much attention to his current travails, but the bits and pieces that have caught my attention have done the unthinkable: they’ve caused me to feel a twinge of sympathy for him. It’s an unpleasant feeling; I recently had it for Geraldo Rivera, when the New York Times smeared him.

Let’s see: Ronnie Earle doesn’t even represent DeLay’s district, but under Texas law that doesn’t matter. He’s brought this matter before three grand juries so far, and with less than stellar results:

The first grand jury refused to indict.

The second one indicted DeLay for breaking a 2003 law in 2002 — dang that Constitution and its “no ex post facto” laws.

Now, the third one indicted DeLay without seeing a key piece of evidence. Apparently, they took Earle at his word that his dog ate it or it was in his other pants or something. Now Earle’s office is saying they can’t find that, but in the time-honored tradition of Mary Mapes and Dan Rather, they’re offering a “similar” document, using the “fake but accurate” argument.

Like I said, I’ve never liked DeLay. Actually, I never had much of an opinion of him, but what little I knew was unfavorable. But I dunno if I’d want to see ANYONE treated like this. Because if one whackjob prosecutor in Texas can do this to one of the most powerful men in the country, what chances do the rest of the people in his jurisdiction have?

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