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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

More background on Ronnie Earle

Over at Kos, the man himself provides the first listing of 'political' cases prosecuted by Earle (the Plawg's Ronnie Earle Casebook).

He names the following eight (with brief details of charges and outcome):

US Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, 1994
Former state Rep Betty Denton, D-Waco, 1995
Former state Rep Lane Denton, D-Waco, 1995
House Speaker Gib Lewis, D-Fort Worth, 1992
Attorney General Jim Mattox, Democrat, 1985
State Rep Mike Martin, R-Longview, 1982
State Treasurer Warren Harding, Democrat, 1982
Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Yarbrough, 1978

Yarbrough is (was?) also a Democrat, apparently [1]; so that makes six Dems and two GOP. The total, as previously discussed is four GOP and either 11 or 12 Dems.

What are the names and details of the other two GOP and five or six Dems?

A commenter on the Kos piece flagged the case of Majority Leader in the California Senate, Don Perata, who is reportedly (caveat lector) under investigation by a Federal grand jury for some sort of corrupt activity.

On the other hand (just to illustrate how silly things can get with partisan name-calling on ethics) the GOP speaker of the New Hampshire House has been cited for ethics violations and resigned.

I'm pretty sure that there's not a state in the Union without some ethics case ongoing, serious or trivial, concerning legislators or officials.

I'm sticking to Texas. In which task, the site of Texans for Public Justice, self-described as
an Austin-based non-profit that organized in 1997 to take on political corruption and corporate abuses in Texas
looks to be a mine of useful background neatly packaged.

  1. A piece querying why Texas judges should run for election with party affiliations.

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