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DeLay Jury Could Have a Late Night

Defense Attorney Dick DeGuerin
Photo by Matt Largey/KUT News
Tom DeLay's attorney Dick Deguerin returns to the courtroom at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center on November 24, 2010.

Judge Pat Priest is warning lawyers they may be working late tonight. As of now, the jury has not come back with a verdict on the third day of deliberations. Priest says alternatives--including the possibility of having the jury deliberate on Thanksgiving--are worse than putting in some overtime today.

The jury earlier requested copies of several interviews DeLay did with news organizations, and with former DA Ronnie Earle.

DeLay is charged conspiracy to illegally funnel $190,000 in corporate donations to seven candidates for the Texas legislature. Texas candidates are barred by state law from receiving corporate donations directly or indirectly.  He faces up to 99 years in prison and a hefty fine, if convicted.

[click here for updates from earlier today]


Matt Largey is the Projects Editor at KUT. That means doing a little bit of everything: editing reporters, producing podcasts, reporting, training, producing live events and always being on the lookout for things that make his ears perk up. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @mattlargey.
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