While the various changes to the appeals court has resulted in a three-judge panel of two Republicans and one Democrat to hear DeLay's case, Wice said it won't give the ex-lawmaker an advantage.
Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, said there is some irony in DeLay — whose tough political tactics earned him the nickname "the Hammer" — claiming he is the victim of partisanship.
"If there is any irony here, it will be lost on Tom DeLay because when he looks out through his eyeballs he sees a partisan world," Jillson said. "He sees everyone motivated the way he was motivated."
But DeLay says he is not claiming to be a victim, adding his faith in Jesus Christ has helped him through this difficult time.
"I am totally at peace and I'm full of joy ... I'm not beaten down," he said.
The state appeals court probably won't be the last stop, as the losing side will likely take the case to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Ultimately, the case could wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
"It's frustrating to wait so long to get justice in a case like this," said Craig McDonald, the director of Texans for Public Justice, a liberal watchdog group whose complaints helped lead to the investigation of DeLay's PAC.
"I'd be surprised if he ever saw the inside of the big house," McDonald said.
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