Prosecutor Still Pursuing Delay

AUSTIN (AP) - A prosecutor in Austin says Congressman Tom DeLay's criminal case will proceed as planned -- as he prepares to quit the US House.

The Republican lawmaker is awaiting a resolution on felony conspiracy and money laundering charges in Travis County. The alleged scheme involves the funneling of illegal corporate funds to the 2002 campaigns of GOP legislative candidates.

A spokesman for District Attorney Ronnie Earle says DeLay's decision to leave the House -- changes nothing.

DeLay attorney Dick DeGuerin didn't immediately return calls to
The Associated Press.

DeLay and Republicans have long asserted that Earle's investigation and indictments were politically motivated and "frivolous."

Prosecutors last month argued before an appeals court to reinstate a conspiracy charge against DeLay. He still faces a money laundering indictment.