A blog by Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Brian Tannebaum. Commenting on criminal law issues of local and national interest.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Tom DeLay's Christmas - "Later On, We'll Conspire"

Right of the right-wing Congressman Tom DeLay......had a criminal defense lawyer get him off on a technicality. Fox News has the story here

The conspiracy statute that DeLay was charged under, didn't cover the criminal activity he is alleged to have committed.

Not that he didn't conspire to violate the Texas election law, that the "Conspiracy to Violate Texas Election Law" Statute covers criminal activity occurring after December 2003, after DeLay's alleged behavior.

The prosecutor argued that the laws against conspiracy were on the books, so it didn't matter that the more specific "Conspiracy to Violate Texas Election Law" Statute wasn't in place.

The judge said, "Bah, Humbug."

The judge was right. Delay got off because the law he was charged under did not prohibit what he did. Therefore, he shouldn't have been charged under that statute, and cannot be convicted under that statute.

It's what the public calls "getting off on a technicality."

It's what I call the correct application of the law.

Brian Tannebaum is a criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida practicing in state and federal court. To learn more about Brian and his firm, Tannebaum Weiss, please click the link: http://www.tannebaumweiss.com/our_lawyers.php

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