Friday, January 18, 2008

Another Republican In Criminal Trouble

This is starting to get ridiculous. It seems like almost daily that another Republican turns up with sexual, ethical or criminal troubles. A couple of days ago, we heard about a former Michigan Republican Congressman and U.N. delegate that was indicted for taking $50,000 to lobby for terrorists and then lying to the FBI about it.

Yesterday, we learned that Republican State Rep. Phil King of Weatherford is receiving corporate help in his campaign that is unethical, if not downright illegal.

Now we've got another Republican in trouble. Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina (pictured above) and his wife have been indicted on criminal charges. Terry Yates, the judge's attorney, said Justice Medina was indicted for tampering with evidence and Mrs. Medina was indicted for arson.

The couple's Houston-area home was destroyed by fire last June and some neighboring homes were damaged. Although the fire was labeled as arson, the Medinas denied any responsibility and said at the time they were cooperating with authorities.

Medina was Rick Perry's attorney until Perry appointed him to fill a vacancy on the Texas Supreme Court in November of 2004. He was elected to the position in 2006.

There have been so many Republican officials getting in trouble that it's hard to keep up with them without a scorecard. I wonder who will be the next one to fall?

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