The indictment alone does not say anything at all. A lot of people do not understand what an indictment is or how it works. Sadly, though. But lawyers who have seen hundreds and hundreds of them know that indictments list specific charges and alludes to some of the evidences. There are no evidences presented whatsoever by Ronnie Earle. None. What is interesting is that the District Attorney Ronnie Earle failed to get any indictments out of five previous grand juries against Tom DeLay over the same thing. It took a sixth grand jury that finally got one very shaky count of a conspiracy charge. The weakest of all "charges" with no real specific charges at all. Just a conspiracy one. Even Tom Delay doesn't know exactly what he's charged with other than it's a conspiracy one. The five attempts is the equivalent of a person in any court getting tried five different times over the same thing.
Now, he's a little Politics 101 in the realm of partisian hacking whenever Liberals look for ways to stick it to the other guy the best (and most ridiculous) way possible using even the weakest legal avenues. A "conspiracy" is a charge that prosecutors use when they have nothing else. Look at it this way. For four years, District Attorney Ronnie Earle has thrown all kinds of stuff up against DeLay hoping it will stick. Nada. So, all they could come up with, after 5 tries with 5 different Grand Juries without any real evidence to speak of other than the check, was a "conspiracy" charge. The weakest of all charges that one can dream up. Basically, Ronnie Earle has accused Tom DeLay essentially of money laundering and there's no charge of money laundering in Ronnie Earle's indictment of Tom DeLay. Just an accusation. Again, the weakest of all weak charges when lawyers have nothing left to go but to indict him for conspiracy. It's an accusation, not a charge. Enough to get Tom DeLay to *temporarily* step down as House Majority Leader. All this was simply an accusation , an indictment without a nary of evidence to prove the conspiracy deal actually took place. Mr. Earle was finally able to find a Grand Jury who would hand down the indictment that he was begging for. The first five grand juries issued no indictment. Remember that one. The sixth time was a charm, apparently so.
National Review Online goes over what Ronnie Earle's indictment is against Tom DeLay:
"Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle has charged DeLay with conspiracy to make a contribution to a political party in violation of the Texas Election Code. The alleged violation involved a money swap between the now-defunct Texans for a Republican Majority PAC (TRMPAC), which DeLay helped found but never managed, and the Republican National State Elections Committee (RNSEC). TRMPAC sent a check for $190,000 to RNSEC, and RNSEC then sent checks totaling approximately the same amount to Texas House candidates in October of 2002. Earle, a Democrat, calls this money laundering, because the money that TRMPAC sent to RNSEC came from corporations, which are barred from contributing to campaigns in Texas."
But there is a problem with this charge by DA Ronnie Earle according to former DoJ official Barbara Comstock:
Neither the RNC nor RNSEC constitute a political party under Texas election law. They are considered PACs, just as the DNC is.
Corporations in Texas could have legally made contributions to the RNC or RNSEC during the period in question under Texas election law.
There was no violation of the Texas Election Code. There was no conspiracy. The underlying transaction was legal. Had corporations sent money directly to the RNC or RNSEC, the transaction would be legal. How could anyone conspire to do indirectly what could legally have been done directly?
A PAC (Political Action Committee) is nothing more than a political organization and not a polical party. Even the Texas Democratic Party, a PAC organization, did the same thing on what Tom Delay did. But the difference here is that Tom Delay is the House Republica Majority leader and Liberals will do anything petty to try and get Tom Delay out.
Don't look at the "seriousness" of these allegations but the evidences, which there are none. Like money, people would say "Show me the money" and that's true for charges, show me the evidence. There are none. And that's why this Liberal DA Ronnie Earle ended up with nothing but to charge him with conspiracy. The weakest of all weak charges in any courts.
Someone asked Ronnie Earle about the vagueness of the DeLay indictment on Foxnews:
Q: What role did DeLay actually play? Earle has no concrete answer.
Q: What is the proof DeLay conspired? Again, no concrete answer.
Q: Did you seek money-laundering charges against DeLay? Grand jury returned indictments it thought were appropriate.
Q: It's said that conspiracy is a last-resort charge? Our job is to enforce the law as written.
Again, where is the evidence? Show me the evidence! A simple request that even Ronnie Earle cannot even address it.
If Tom DeLay broke the law, then he needs to face trial for it and answer for his actions, no question. However, there are no evidences presented by Ronnie Earle when he read the indictment against Tom DeLay.
That's it, kiddies. Learn something here for once. Do some deep digging, not that kind, for once when you do the research on the case that even a Proctologist would be proud of.