A prosecutor, seeking to reinstate conspiracy charges against former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, and two associates, argued before Texas’ Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday that the “plain language” of the Penal Code allows prosecution of the trio for alleged conspiracy to violate the Election Code.

Travis County Assistant District Attorney Richard “Rick” Reed cited the CCA’s 1991 decision in Boykin v. State, which requires a court interpreting a statute “to effectuate the �collective’ intent or purpose of the legislators who enacted the legislation.”

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