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DeLay Found Guilty in Money Laundering Case

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Posted on Nov 24, 2010
AP / Jack Plunkett

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and wife Christine, left, and daughter Danielle Garcia leave the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday after the guilty verdict.

The holiday special for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was a big helping of guilty-as-charged Wednesday, as the former Republican lawmaker found himself on the wrong side of the Texas legal system in a money laundering case stemming from a sketchy campaign finance maneuver he and a couple of accomplices pulled in 2002.  —KA

The New York Times:

Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before they came back with guilty verdicts against Mr. DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The verdict was the latest chapter in a long legal battle that forced Mr. DeLay to step down. The trial also opened a window on the world of campaign financing in Washington, as jurors heard testimony about large contributions flowing to Mr. DeLay from corporations seeking to influence him and junkets to posh resorts where the congressman would rub shoulders with lobbyists in return for donations.

Mr. DeLay faces up to life in prison on the money laundering charge.

During the three-week trial, the prosecution presented more than 30 witnesses in an effort to prove Mr. DeLay conspired with two associates in 2002 to circumvent a state law against corporate contributions to political campaigns. Since 1903, Texas law has prohibited corporations from giving to candidates directly or indirectly.

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By PatrickHenry, November 27, 2010 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

The 6th amendment of the constitution allows for a speedy trial, in this case it should have held true for the state.

Once upon a time bribery of public officials was considered a serious crime, now it is considered lobbying.

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By berniem, November 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment

Is this supposed to make up for Bush & Cheney still walking free?

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By Peter, November 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment
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So….  Texas has a law prohibiting corporate donations? This might be a model for the other states and especially the federal government,

Wishful thinking… this will never happen as long as the corporations have the bought and paid for lawmakers in their pockets.  Sigh…...

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By samosamo, November 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment

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And now another great demonstration of
judicial ‘financing’ which our supreme court
instigated back in January, where a judge
determines the sentence by how much the
criminal pays him. Whereby a person, like this
crook and piece of crud named tom delay, will
remain out of jail waiting the appeal he will pay
for with the money he salted away from his
laundrying business.

Another great day in the the great american
justice system.

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By ra[ph, November 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment
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Lamar Smith, a corrupt pal of Delay, has a district that defines gerrymandering. Check it out on the web.

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By SteveL, November 26, 2010 at 12:54 am Link to this comment

Be nice if Texas did not have any White Collar club penitentiaries.

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By Ching-Ching, November 25, 2010 at 10:26 am Link to this comment

That’s ok. Obama will probably give him a pardon.

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By Leefeller, November 25, 2010 at 7:25 am Link to this comment

No one knows where all that dirty money has been, sort of like my dogs mouth,.... so I wouldn’t touch Tom Delay’s money with your mouth?

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By CaptRon, November 25, 2010 at 2:14 am Link to this comment

Only a GOP kind of guy like DeLay would think that his conviction was a political gotcha because he redistricted Texas. Last I checked, Texas was a Republican state. He may not serve a sentence but there may serve a better purpose for having been convicted. Time will tell. Something sure seems strange from behind the scene here. Can’t help but feel that this trial was to set up justification for Issa’s witch hunt of the POTUS.

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By squeaky jones, November 25, 2010 at 1:39 am Link to this comment
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I can not wait to hear that Hot-Tub Tom is struting his junk at Atlanta’s Federal Prison. Tom’s new girlfriend is Tyrone, and Tyrone’s 12 inch loves Hot-Tub Tom.

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By Beltwaylaid, November 25, 2010 at 12:07 am Link to this comment
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And which one of those redistricted districts will you
not be voting in now, Tom?

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By Queenie, November 25, 2010 at 12:03 am Link to this comment

Looking at this picture I am disgusted by the fact that Republicans spend their life trying to take away a woman’s right to make decisions in regards to family planning and then use women as props when the spotlight is on them. Reminds me of another thug, Newt Gingrich, the serial adulterer. Both cut from the same rotting, vermin infested cloth.

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By reynolds, November 24, 2010 at 11:40 pm Link to this comment

i am pleased that he has been ruined financially.

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By samosamo, November 24, 2010 at 11:40 pm Link to this comment

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So he’ll buy his way out of jail, then he will
reappear in the senate in a few years. The
senate does not have a ban on convicted felons
serving in that hall of horrors.

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By FreeWill, November 24, 2010 at 11:10 pm Link to this comment

He’ll serve Jail Time when Hell freezes over and he can’t get sent there.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 24, 2010 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment

Too many years too late.

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By Hammond Eggs, November 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm Link to this comment

Send him to Devil’s Island!

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By morongobill, November 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm Link to this comment

First we have to worry that he’ll get off on appeal.

Then will Perry give him a pardon?

I don’t think the “Hammer” will ever see the inside of a jail cell, where he belongs.

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By Beltwaylaid, November 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm Link to this comment
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Tom on the table a day early.

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