Despite his well-known penchant for corner-cutting, I'm inclined to give Delay the benefit of the doubt that this is, in fact, a politcally motivated prosecution and all that, though I've still got homework to do.
But man is this a drag. Regardless of the merits, this is going to be long, weedy, partisan argument. Rich's emailer may well be right that there's a big difference between a federal and state indictment. And I’m sure his legal eagle’s point that conspiracy charges like this one tend to be hail Mary passes at best. But this is terrible turf for Republicans to get stuck playing on and tedious for the rest of us. But I’ve already announced my melancholia.