For malicious abuse of power and egregious partisan hackery
AUSTIN, TX—For the third time in recent memory, the partisan fanatic posing as my county’s District Attorney, Ronnie Earle, has abused the power of his elected office to exact baseless political retribution against his opposition.
Ronnie Earle’s 1994 indictment against Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) was quickly dismissed and his charges in the 1980s against former Attorney General Jim Mattox (D)—another political foe of Earle—fell apart at trial.
Ronnie Earle convened five Grand Juries in an attempt to indict Tom Delay. None of these previous five Grand Juries could so much as indict a ham sandwich, much less Tom Delay. Not to be deterred, Mr. Earle convened a sixth Grand Jury (and I was wondering why my taxes where so high here in Travis County last year). Mr. Earle was finally able to find a Grand Jury who would hand down the indictment that he was begging for. With the entire Grand Jury process so slanted here in Travis County (Austin), I’m amazed that it took them 6 Grand Juries.
But even then, the grand jury only came through with a vaguely worded indictment for the last-resort charge of “conspiracy”.
As a resident of Travis County, I convened my own Grand Jury (consisting of myself, two beagles, one blood hound, and a half-eaten ham sandwich). We have handed down our own indictment of our District Attorney, Ronnie Earle:
The Grand Jury of the County of Travis, State of Texas, duly selected, organized, coerced, sworn at, and charged as such at today’s term of the 1st Non-Judicial District Court of my kitchen in said county, upon their oaths do present that on or about 1980, 1994, and on September 28th, 2005, in the County of Travis and State of Texas, the defendants herein (Ronnie Earle and his cronies), with the intent to exact baseless partisan hackery, did abuse the powers of his office as District Attorney of Travis County, State of Texas.
Specifically, this Grand Jury sites the following facts concering our indictment of Ronnie Earle:
- Illegal grand jury leaks
- A fundraising speech by Earle for the Texas Democrat party that inappropriately focused on the investigation
- Misuse of his office for partisan purposes
- Extortion of money for Earle’s pet projects from corporations in exchange for dismissing indictments he brought against them.
Against the Peace and Dignity of the State.
For a complete roundup of the Tom Delay vs. Ronnie Earle battle (let’s not kid ourselves, this is a personal attack), checkout Michelle Malkin (as usual).