Friday, October 14, 2005

DeLay associates released on bond

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News

Attorneys for two co-defendants of Rep. Tom DeLay made it clear Friday they're not in the same rush to get to trial as the former House majority leader and they want to distance themselves in other ways as well.

The defense team for Jim Ellis and John Colyandro is hoping to persuade appeals courts to dismiss the charges. DeLay has said he wants to get to trial as quickly as possible.

Ellis and Colyandro were released Friday on $10,000 personal bonds on the two most recent charges against them stemming from allegations of campaign-finance wrongdoing in 2002 Texas legislative races.

“Mr. DeLay can go to trial when he wishes to without us. And we'll pursue the process that we've invoked and hopefully get a ruling from the appellate court that brings all this to an end,” said attorney J.D. Pauerstein, who represents Ellis.

State District Judge Bob Perkins on Friday agreed to wait for rulings from an appeals court on motions to dismiss charges before setting a trial date.

DeLay, Ellis and Colyandro all are awaiting trial in the case in which prosecutors allege there was a scheme to circumvent Texas' ban on using corporate money for state legislative campaigns.

Pauerstein and attorney Joe Turner, who represents Colyandro, also said they had no part in television ads that a national conservative organization began running this week criticizing the prosecution of DeLay. Turner said the ads were inappropriate and should be stopped.

“If there was money out there for those kind of ads, we'd ask that it be given to the defense fund and not for some attack ads,” Turner said. “We don't think that has any place over here.”


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