EX-HOUSE LEADER TOM DeLAY IS BOOKED & FINGERPRINTED IN HOMETOWN: HOUSTON , TEXAS

Submitted by hippie on October 20, 2005 - 7:57pm.
U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, sidestepped the news media Thursday to be booked in Houston during the noon hour, according to his lawyer Dick DeGuerin.

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DeGuerin said DeLay, who's to appear in Travis County court on Friday, was treated routinely. He was photographed, fingerprinted and released on $10,000 bond. He stated that he plans to use his smiling "Mug Shot" on his families' Christmas Card.

"Ronnie Earle has the mug shot he wanted," DeGuerin said.

For two days, Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle and DeGuerin played a cat-and-mouse game over how DeLay would be booked on felony charges of conspiracy and money-laundering. When DeLay was first indicted last month, Earle agreed that a judge could just issue a summons which wouldn't require DeLay to be fingerprinted and photographed. But after DeLay, his legal team and political allies spent the past two weeks criticizing Earle in TV commercials, interviews and court filings, Earle required an arrest warrant on the second indictment returned earlier this month.

"This was absolutely uncalled for," DeGuerin said Thursday. "It was just pure retaliation."

Reporters and other observers had expected DeLay to be booked at the courthouse in Fort Bend County, west of Houston, where he lives.

Earle was not available for comment.

(mostly): AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN : Laylan Copelin

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