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DeLay Trial Begins 2nd Week

By JUAN A. LOZANO
|  Monday, Nov 8, 2010  |  Updated 10:30 AM CDT
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DeLay Trial Begins 2nd Week

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Testimony has resumed in the money laundering trial of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

The second week of the trial in Austin began Monday with prosecutors questioning a former official with liquor distributor Bacardi-Martini USA about a $20,000 corporate donation his company made to DeLay's political action committee.

Prosecutors allege DeLay used his PAC to illegally funnel $190,000 in corporate donations into Texas legislative races eight years ago. DeLay denies any wrongdoing.

DeLay is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The former Houston-area congressman faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys alike remain confident things are going their way in the trial.

The trial is expected to last at least three weeks.

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