TOM DELAY BEGINS APPEALS PROCESS: “An attorney for former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told an appeals court Wednesday that the onetime GOP heavyweight’s efforts to influence Texas elections may have been distasteful but weren’t illegal.
“DeLay, 65, was found guilty in November 2010 of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He was sentenced to three years in prison, but that was put on hold while his case was appealed.” — Associated Press 10/10/12
“Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay should not go to prison on money-laundering charges because the 2002 campaign transaction involved a $190,000 check and not cash, his lawyer argued Wednesday before the 3rd Court of Appeals.
“Houston lawyer Brian Wice repeated the perennial argument that DeLay, a Sugar Land Republican, and his co-defendants have used at various stages of their marathon legal battles — usually without success. But Wice expressed confidence Wednesday because three of the 3rd Court’s justices, all Republicans, took that position four years ago in a pretrial motion.” — Austin Statesman 10/10/12
U.S. SUPREME COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS AGAINST AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: “Supporters of affirmative action in higher education were dealt a tough blow on Wednesday in blockbuster oral arguments before the Supreme Court, according to legal experts. The question now is whether the impact will be narrow, or whether the Court will toss out affirmative action’s broader legal underpinnings.” — Talking Points Memo 10/11/12
STRONG DEBATE FROM VP JOE BIDEN: “Democrats wanted an aggressive Joe Biden at the vice presidential debate here, and they got one. In stark contrast to President Obama’s listless performance against Mitt Romney in Denver on Oct. 3, Biden came out of the gate on the attack against Paul Ryan and stayed on offense throughout the 90-minute debate.” — Talking Points Memo 10/12/12