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Tuesday, October 18, 2005 

Texas Hold Em: DeLay Goes All In (Earle Wanted Deal At First)

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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."

The stakes are high, but when Earle gave DeLay a chance to fold… Tom went “All In.”

Now, this game of “Texas Hold Em” is heating up. Either DeLay or Earle severely miscalculated, but either way, they are gambling with their personal and professional futures.

High Stakes Indeed

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