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Ear to the Ground

DeLay Gets Three-Year Jail Sentence

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Posted on Jan 10, 2011
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DeLay, back in the day: The former House majority leader beams on Capitol Hill in this 2005 photo.

Despite drumming up support in the form of testimony from former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, onetime U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his legal team have failed to ward off a jail sentence for money laundering charges. On Monday, DeLay was slapped with a three-year prison sentence in an Austin, Texas, courtroom—but it could have been a lot worse.  —KA

AP via The Houston Chronicle:

The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. DeLay was once one of the most powerful men in U.S. politics, ascending to the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives.

Senior Judge Pat Priest sentenced him to the three-year term on the conspiracy charge. He also sentenced him to five years in prison on the money laundering charge but allowed DeLay to accept 10 years of probation instead of more prison time.

The former Houston-area congressman had faced up to life in prison. His attorneys asked for probation.

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By samosamo, January 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment

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““Despite drumming up support in the form of testimony from
former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu…”“
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Simply amazing that netanyyahoo was ineffective in getting old
tommy boy off the hook. Must not have had enough money for
old mr zionist blowhard. Now old tommy boy will have ‘waste’
away in some federal worm hole playing golf and tennis while
accepting conjugal visits from his groupies.

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By rollzone, January 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

hello. down there on the ranch they call money
laundering the hot potato shuffle. how he got so
distracted and wound up holding the bag so long was his
own fault, and let that be a lesson to ya. you gotta
remain focused- alike my dear sweet drunken daughters
used to quip- you gotta stay focused. they weren’t left
behind. no siree sombrero. now that other stuff about
Chinese people make the best launderers- i don’t know
nuthin about that, focusing on that spot remover…let
him go to jail and learn how to do it right.

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By REND, January 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment
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3 YEARS AND IS THEN RELEASED AN HOUR OR TWO LATER. WHAT A JOKE.

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By M L, January 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment
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Lawmakers receive diplomatic immunity while they are in office which means they can’t be sued or charged with certain crimes which may include money laundering. Does this mean Charles Rangle will be charged with tax evasion once he leaves office?

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By Potent_Placebo, January 11, 2011 at 2:03 am Link to this comment
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Now he can practice The Ol’ Soft Shoe with a mop and a bucket.

Tommy D., you’ve just been redistricted, cowboy.

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By Inherit The Wind, January 11, 2011 at 12:07 am Link to this comment

If he serves a day. I expect it will go the USSC, where, by a 5-4 vote, the law against corporate money in elections in Texas will be deemed a 1st Amendment violation of “free speech” and therefore no conspiracy could exist…and DeLay will be a free man.

I still don’t understand how corporations, especially foreign corporations are denied “free speech” by not being allowed to buy US elections.

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By Frank, January 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm Link to this comment
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He will appeal, get a slap on the wrist and do no time!!! Now if he was black and/or poor he would have been still locked away underneath the jail like the majority of people incarcerated in this “land of the free”!!!

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By the worm, January 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm Link to this comment

The evil - pure and simple - represented by this man….

Three years is not enough.

But three years is better than most of us expected.

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By Peetawonkus, January 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

Pity there wasn’t a zero at the end of that 3.

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By skimohawk, January 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment

How unfortunate they no longer allow tarring and feathering.
Well, I guess three years is better than none, although the sonofabitch should have been locked up a long time ago.
Great news. Makes my whole day to know this sleazy bastard is going to JAIL where he belongs.

I always knew Netanyahu was a lying duplicitous sonofabitch… I wasn’t aware Dennis Hastert fell into the same category.

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