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On First Day Of Deliberation, DeLay Jurors Question Charges

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From the Statesman:

After the six-man, six-woman jury had been behind closed doors for about four hours, Priest received a second note from jurors in a similar vein, this one questioning whether money laundering can involve funds that were not initially accepted for an illegal purpose.


Priest expressed concern about how to answer the jury's questions without commenting on evidence in the case. He delayed a decision on answering until 9 a.m. [Tuesday], when the jury is to begin deliberating anew.

But this morning, according to the Statesman, the judge declined to answer the question. He told the jury to figure it out for themselves,

Much of the prosecution's case has focused on a 2005 interview in which DeLay told investigators he knew about the swap beforehand. He now says he misspoke. The prosecution also may have gotten a bit of a boost when the defense showed that DeLay had been at a meeting with the director of his PAC just hours after he got a check to send to the RNC.

DeLay did not take the stand.

If convicted, DeLay could face up to life in prison, according to the Associated Press. If acquitted, he says he's planning a return to politics.