Posted Oct. 21, 2005 – Former U.S. House Majority leader Tom DeLay turned himself in to the Harris County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office Thursday for finger prints and mug shot after being arrested on charges of money laundering and conspiracy.
DeLay, whose numberless, beaming mug shot looked more like a congressional yearbook picture, posted a $10,000 bond before being released Thursday afternoon. In Harris County, numbers are no longer posted on mug shots, sheriff's officials said.
DeLay is scheduled to appear in court on Friday in Austin, ABC News reported.
DeLay's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, has accused Travis County prosecutor Ronnie Earle of character assassination.
"Now Ronnie Earle has what he was after, which was a mug shot," DeGuerin told reporters following his client’s processing in Houston.
Although DeLay has said that Earle’s motivation is political, observers point out that the renowned Democratic prosecutor has brought charges against 12 Democrats and only four Republicans.
A Texas grand jury indicted DeLay for conspiracy and money laundering, charging the firebrand Republican powerhouse with funneling almost $200,000 in corporate dollars to his political action committee through the Republican National Committee to 2002 GOP candidates for the Texas Legislature. Under Texas law, it is illegal for corporations to fuel political campaigns.
Do you believe that the charges against DeLay are politically motivated?