Ethics commission, DA's office end TRMPAC standoff
By Amy Smith, Fri., May 20, 2005
But last Thursday, the opposing sides emerged from the chambers of District Judge Bob Perkins and announced they had struck a deal: The unidentified person, represented by Houston criminal attorney George Parnham, had agreed to disclose his or her name to investigators. Parnham, lead defense attorney in the sensational murder trial of Andrea Yates, the Houston woman who drowned her five children in a bathtub, said the Ethics Commission matter "had taken on a life of its own" for no apparent reason. "It's a nonissue," he said of his client's 7-year-old request for an advisory opinion. "There was nothing nefarious about any of these activities as far as my client is concerned," he said.
The day before resolving the identity quandary, Perkins heard arguments from lawyers seeking the dismissal of indictments against TRMPAC co-defendants John Colyandro and Jim Ellis, who stand accused of money laundering. He's expected to issue a ruling next month.
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