Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Chewbacca Defense

Tom Delay trotted out the Chewbacca Defense on Brit Hume yesterday:

BRIT HUME, ANCHOR: I'm joined now by Republican Congressman Tom DeLay of Texas, who stands accused tonight of a count of conspiracy to violate his state's campaign finance laws.
Congressman, as we noted earlier — I read the indictment — you do stand accused of this conspiracy?
Do you know what it is exactly you are believed to have done or accused of doing to start this conspiracy?

REP. TOM DELAY, R-TEXAS: Well, frankly, Brit, it's got my own lawyers scratching their head because the indictment is not specific about what I'm being charged with.


This has been going on for two years — multiple grand juries.

And then they come out with an indictment that my own lawyers don't know what I'm charged with.

If Chewbacca lived on Endor, you must acquit! The defense rests.


Charlie said...

Well, have you read the actual indictment - there are ZERO facts upon which said conspiracy is based - very strange indeed. Also, this is the SIXTH grand jury - you think that's normal?

qwerty said...

I would liken the pursuit of Tom Delay to that of Michael Jackson. Prosecutor Sneddon got sufficiently pissed about the criminal behavior of the rich and powerful in his distraict that he chose to plow through the expenisve lawyers and lobbyists (for like a decade!) until he got the evidence out there for the public to vet. The indictments of each may have been parsed over until they sound meaningless - but you can read in the paper that jackson slept with the kiddies and delay is corrupt.