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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

A note on Ronnie Earle - no "fanatic" here

A defiant DeLay insisted he was innocent and called the prosecutor a "partisan fanatic."

oh, tom... go ahead, squeal like a stuck pig... holler all you want... in this time of vanishing justice for politicians, party operatives, lobbyists, and assorted other bagmen, maybe, just maybe, you'll come to the conclusion you've at last got your tit caught in a wringer...

so, besides keeping the record straight on ronnie earle, the travis country district attorney behind delay's indictment (see atrios here), let's also keep in mind that mr. earle may be among the country's best examples of non-partisan virtue... but let mr. earle speak for himself...

"There is no limit to what you can do if you have the power to change the rules. Congress may make its own rules, but the public makes the rule of law, and depends for its peace on the enforcement of the law. Hypocrisy at the highest levels of government is toxic to the moral fiber that holds our communities together.

The open contempt for moral values by our elected officials has a corrosive effect. It is a sad day for law enforcement when Congress offers such poor leadership on moral values and ethical behavior. We are a moral people, and the first lesson of democracy is not to hold the public in contempt."

if you want to read an excellent profile of mr. earle, visit this article in the christian science monitor...
Because the Texas Attorney General's office does not have the authority to prosecute those suspected of committing crimes in their dealings with the state, the responsibility falls on Earle and his band of prosecutors in Travis County, home of the state capital.

It is a responsibility he has embraced, prosecuting 15 high-profile cases against Republican and Democratic politicians during his 27 years in office. Many have drawn sharp criticism from both parties.

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