AUSTIN, Texas -- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay
remained confident he would prevail at his money laundering trial,
telling reporters on Wednesday he believes prosecutors have yet to
present any evidence that he did anything that broke the law.

DeLay, the once powerful but polarizing lawmaker, is accused of
using his political action committee to illegally funnel $190,000
in corporate donations into Texas legislative races eight years
ago. DeLay has denied any wrongdoing and says no corporate money
went to Texas candidates.

Nine witnesses who prosecutors have presented to jurors since
testimony began Monday have detailed how the PAC was run, how it
raised money, donations given to the PAC and DeLay's role in its

But prosecutors said they expect the 10th witness, Warren
Robold, the PAC fundraiser who had also been indicted in the
alleged scheme, to provide jurors with a better understanding of
the case. Lead prosecutor Gary Cobb declined to comment on what
Robold would tell jurors, only saying it would be interesting.

Robold, who testified briefly late Wednesday, was to be back on
the stand Thursday. Robold had been indicted on charges of
accepting illegal corporate contributions. Cobb said the charges
were dismissed earlier this year and that Robold is not testifying
as part of any agreement with prosecutors.

Prosecutors have implied that DeLay was the driving force behind
the political group. But ex-PAC workers, including DeLay's
daughter, told jurors DeLay had little involvement in running the
group. No witness has directly tied DeLay to the alleged scheme.

It's politics. It's nothing criminal about it, DeLay told
reporters, referencing what the PAC did.

The presentation of evidence has been methodical and driven by
documents, and testimony has often gone into great detail about the
country's political process, including fundraising and the role of

In questioning DeLay's daughter, Danielle DeLay Garcia, who
worked as an event planner for the PAC, prosecutors highlighted
some of the corporate donations DeLay's PAC received.

DeLay's lawyers have said the Texas PAC can legally get
corporate money but it can't send it to candidates, which they say
didn't happen.

Money is the lifeblood of politics isn't it? Dick DeGuerin,
DeLay's attorney, asked Garcia earlier Wednesday. That's just
politics isn't it?

During Wednesday afternoon testimony, three lobbyists told
jurors their companies had donated corporate money to DeLay's Texas
PAC, ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. All three lobbyists told
jurors the donations were made with no intention of breaking the

DeLay is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit
money laundering. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

Prosecutors allege DeLay and two associates -- Jim Ellis and John
Colyandro -- illegally channeled the corporate money, which had been
collected by DeLay's Texas PAC, through the Washington-based
Republican National Committee. Under Texas law, corporate money
cannot be directly used for political campaigns.

The money helped Republicans take control of the Texas House in
2002, prosecutors said. That majority allowed the GOP to push
through a congressional redistricting plan engineered by DeLay that
sent more Texas Republicans to Congress in 2004 and strengthened
DeLay's political stature, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors deny defense claims that the charges are politically
motivated by former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a
Democrat who brought the original case but has since retired.

DeLay's defense team also worried about the trial being held in
Austin -- the most Democratic city in one of the most Republican
states -- and its timing, with testimony beginning a day before
Tuesday's midterm elections. DeLay has been pressing for a trial
since he was indicted five years ago, but the case was slowed by
appeals of pretrial rulings.

The criminal charges in Texas, as well as a separate federal
investigation of DeLay's ties to disgraced former lobbyist Jack
Abramoff, ended his 22-year political career representing suburban
Houston. The Justice Department ended its federal investigation
into DeLay's ties to Abramoff without filing any charges against

Ellis and Colyandro, who face lesser charges, will be tried

DeLay, whose nickname was the Hammer for his heavy-handed
style, has been mostly out of public view since resigning from
Congress, except for an appearance on ABC's hit television show
Dancing With the Stars. He now runs a consulting firm based in
the Houston suburb of Sugar Land.

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