October 17, 2005
Hubris ('hyü-br&s): exaggerated pride or self-confidence:
AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas prosecutor tried to persuade Rep. Tom DeLay to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and save his job as majority leader but DeLay refused, the congressman’s attorney said Monday.
Dick DeGuerin described such an effort in a letter to the prosecutor in the case, Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle.
… “Before the first indictment you tried to coerce a guilty plea from Tom DeLay for a misdemeanor, stating the alternative was indictment for a felony which would require his stepping down as majority leader of the United States House of Representatives,” DeGuerin wrote.
“He turned you down flat so you had him indicted, in spite of advice from others in your office that Tom DeLay had not committed any crime,” the lawyer contended. “In short, neither lack of evidence nor lack of law has deterred you.”
DeLay is likely be booked in a Texas county jail this week despite attempts by his attorneys to bypass the fingerprinting and mug shot process. His arraignment is set for Friday before state district Judge Bob Perkins in Travis County, Texas.
“Perkins believes that if God was charged with a felony, he would have to go through the booking process, too,” said D’Ann Underwood, court coordinator for the judge.
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