From the Houston Chronicle:
An appeals court today upheld a district judge’s decision to throw out two of the criminal charges pending against U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, but the decision still may not get DeLay a speedy trial.
The Texas Third Court of Appeals upheld Senior District Judge Pat Priest’s December ruling tossing out charges against DeLay that accused him of conspiracy to violate the state election code. The charges related to how a political committee he founded spend corporate money in the 2002 elections.
The appeals court agreed with Priest’s ruling that the crime of conspiracy was not added to the Texas Election Code until 2003, a year after DeLay’s alleged crimes occurred. The opinion was written by Justices Bea Ann Smith, a Democrat, and David Puryear and Alan Waldrop, both Republicans.