Some other action on the Tom DeLay front this week.
The Tom DeLay legal marathon inched forward Wednesday on two separate fronts.
John Colyandro, a DeLay co-defendant who has been under investigation since 2003, found out his trial won’t start until next year.
Meanwhile, DeLay, who is fighting his conviction and three-year prison sentence, finally knows which three justices on the 3rd Court of Appeals will hear his appeal.
Pre-trial motions in Colyandro’s case will be heard Oct. 9, but the Austin district court’s schedule won’t allow time for a trial before 2013.
On Wednesday, Texas Supreme Court Justice Wallace Jefferson named Justice David Gaultney, a Beaumont Republican on the Ninth Court of Appeals.
Gaultney, who’s been an appellate justice since 2001, joins 3rd Court Chief Justice Woody Jones, a Democrat, and Justice Melissa Goodwin,a Republican, on the DeLay appeal.
Judge Gaultney replaces Judge Diane Henson, who was removed from the case after DeLay challenged her impartiality. Colyandro is the last of the DeLay cronies to learn his fate after Jim Ellis took a plea earlier this year. By the time Colyandro’s trial actually begins, the crimes of which he has been accused will be more than ten years old. Well, you can’t rush these things.