Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) once called the jurors in his recent trial his “brothers and sisters.” His view has changed a bit since they convicted him and he was sentenced to three years. DeLay has been making the talk show circuit and said on “The Today Show” that the jury was a liberal cabal led by a Greenpeace activist.
DeLay stated “I was tried in the most liberal county in the state of Texas and, indeed, in the United States. The foreman of the jury was a Greenpeace activist.” Yet, he added: “So, I’m not criticizing the jury. The point is this is a political campaign.” That does not track completely. They are a bunch of liberals led by a greenie as part of a political campaign, but I am not criticizing them in the least.
There is no question that Austin is extremely liberal — particularly for Texas. I also admit that, if I were representing DeLay, I would not be delighted with the Austin jury pool. However, DeLay’s interview stands in sharp contrast to his statement “I know them like they’re my brothers and sisters.”