So Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle says, in essence, “You wanna piece of me? You wanna piece of me? So, Earle subpoenaed Perkins’ campaign contributions, but threw nearly 30 other potential trial judges on DeLay’s money laundering charge under the bus as well.
Earle also subpoenaed records from the Texas Ethics Commission of political contributions from 2000 to 2005 by nine judges in Tarrant County, 17 in Dallas County and five in Travis County.
DeLay has requested that his trial be moved out of Austin's Travis County, where Earle is the district attorney and Perkins is the judge. Tarrant and Dallas counties are possible locations should the trial be moved.
Almost all Tarrant and Dallas judges whose records were subpoenaed have made federal political contributions to Republican groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The center does not monitor contributions to state candidates or parties, which is the information Earle seeks.
At least six Tarrant County judges contributed to the Tarrant County Republican Victory Fund, which helps support federal and local GOP activities.
Fun with Tom and Dick continues.