Tom DeLay Found Guilty Of Money Laundering, Facing Prison Sentence

jpDELAY-popupOld Disinfo fave Tom DeLay finally received what he had coming to him last week — the former House majority leader could be facing 5 to 99 years in prison after being found guilty of money-laundering. It’s nice to see the Hammer get nailed. The New York Times reports:

Tom DeLay, one of the most powerful and divisive Republican lawmakers ever to come out of Texas, was convicted Wednesday of money-laundering charges in a state trial, five years after his indictment here forced him to resign as majority leader in the House of Representatives.

After 19 hours of deliberation, a jury of six men and six women decided that Mr. DeLay was guilty of conspiring with two associates in 2002 to circumvent a state law against corporate contributions to political campaigns. He was convicted of one charge of money laundering and one charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

As the verdict was read, Mr. DeLay, 63, sat stone-faced at the defense table. Then he rose, turned, smiled and hugged his wife and then his weeping daughter in the first row of spectators. He faces between 5 and 99 years in prison, though the judge may choose probation.

A few minutes later, Mr. DeLay said outside the courtroom that he would appeal the decision. He called the prosecution a political vendetta by Democrats in the local district attorney’s office, and revenge for his role in orchestrating the 2003 redrawing of Congressional districts to elect more Republicans.

“This is an abuse of power,” he said. “It’s a miscarriage of justice. I still maintain my innocence. The criminalization of politics undermines our very system.”

The verdict ends 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, as jurors heard testimony about large contributions flowing to Mr. DeLay from corporations seeking to influence him, and about junkets to luxury resorts where the congressman would rub shoulders with lobbyists in return for donations.

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  • Hadrian999

    just another victim of the liberal juggernaut of texas politics…..

  • Hadrian999

    just another victim of the liberal juggernaut of texas politics…..

    • Fmitchell

      liberal juggernaut of texas politics — are you insane — have you been to the state recently? Senator Good Hair (a republican) has been governor for 10 years — the ag is republican — majority of state legislature is GOP — both senators are GOP — majority of texas congressman are GOP. I used to live in Delay’s district —- he deserves to go down and not just for his bad dancing

  • Anonymous

    Delay receives 30 years in jail: 10 years for money laundering, and 20 years for his pathetic performance on Dancing with the Stars.

    FBI announce the arrest of Crystal Palin for her pathetic performance on Dancing with the Stars….

  • myth_slayer

    Delay receives 30 years in jail: 10 years for money laundering, and 20 years for his pathetic performance on Dancing with the Stars.

    FBI announce the arrest of Crystal Palin for her pathetic performance on Dancing with the Stars….

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’ll save my applause for when he actually wears the prison jumpsuit and shackles. Given the amount of loot this man handled and the connections he’s got, I expect him to breathe the sweet air of freedom for a long long time in the appeals process, and end this with a slap on the wrist or even less. Now…a proper anal rape and curb stomping on the other hand…would suit this douchebag perfectly.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’ll save my applause for when he actually wears the prison jumpsuit and shackles. Given the amount of loot this man handled and the connections he’s got, I expect him to breathe the sweet air of freedom for a long long time in the appeals process, and end this with a slap on the wrist or even less. Now…a proper anal rape and curb stomping on the other hand…would suit this douchebag perfectly.

  • Madmanmikey

    this man will never even get a tracking bracelet on his ankle let alone a real jail sentence. Don’t kid yourselves.

  • Madmanmikey

    this man will never even get a tracking bracelet on his ankle let alone a real jail sentence. Don’t kid yourselves.

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  • Walt G.

    Hadrian999 1 day ago

    just another victim of the liberal juggernaut of texas politics…..

    SURE, TEXAS IS AS CORRUPT AS ANY WHERE IN AMERICA, FACE IT LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON, ACCORDING TO HIS BIOGRPHER THE MOST IMMORAL MAN THAT EVER OCCUPIED THE WHITE HOUSE. DICK ARMY, JOE BARTON, WHO ACTUALLY APPOLIGIZED TO BP FOR THE PRESIDENT MAKEING THEM PUT UP MONEY IN ESCROW, AND SO ON AND SO ON. WHEN I AM FORCED TO GO TO TEXAS I TAKE BOTTLED WATER SO I WON’T BE CONTAMINATED. OH YES THERE IS A GOOD SIDE TO TEXAS, FOOTBALL, I WON $300.00 BETTING ON ALABAMA IN THE TEXAS GAME. BY THE WAY NO TEXAS TEAM WON A SINGLE BOWL LAST YEAR. JUST BIG MOUTHS, AND SLANTED POLITICS. I WILL SAY AUSTIN IS A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. HOUSTON IS THE MOST EVIL CITY ON EARTH, THEY ARE THE HOME OF THE EVIL OIL PEOPLE, THAT CONTROL THE WORLD, WITH NO CONCIOUS. THERE ARE S LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE IN TEXAS, BUT THEIR POLITICS IS SO SCREW UP.

  • Walt G.

    Hadrian999 1 day ago

    just another victim of the liberal juggernaut of texas politics…..

    SURE, TEXAS IS AS CORRUPT AS ANY WHERE IN AMERICA, FACE IT LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON, ACCORDING TO HIS BIOGRPHER THE MOST IMMORAL MAN THAT EVER OCCUPIED THE WHITE HOUSE. DICK ARMY, JOE BARTON, WHO ACTUALLY APPOLIGIZED TO BP FOR THE PRESIDENT MAKEING THEM PUT UP MONEY IN ESCROW, AND SO ON AND SO ON. WHEN I AM FORCED TO GO TO TEXAS I TAKE BOTTLED WATER SO I WON’T BE CONTAMINATED. OH YES THERE IS A GOOD SIDE TO TEXAS, FOOTBALL, I WON $300.00 BETTING ON ALABAMA IN THE TEXAS GAME. BY THE WAY NO TEXAS TEAM WON A SINGLE BOWL LAST YEAR. JUST BIG MOUTHS, AND SLANTED POLITICS. I WILL SAY AUSTIN IS A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. HOUSTON IS THE MOST EVIL CITY ON EARTH, THEY ARE THE HOME OF THE EVIL OIL PEOPLE, THAT CONTROL THE WORLD, WITH NO CONCIOUS. THERE ARE S LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE IN TEXAS, BUT THEIR POLITICS IS SO SCREW UP.

  • Fmitchell

    liberal juggernaut of texas politics — are you insane — have you been to the state recently? Senator Good Hair (a republican) has been governor for 10 years — the ag is republican — majority of state legislature is GOP — both senators are GOP — majority of texas congressman are GOP. I used to live in Delay’s district —- he deserves to go down and not just for his bad dancing

  • Tmaximus

    Ralph Reed and Delay’s emails back and forth to each other (made public via discovery process) showed both of them mocking what they called ‘morons’ in the bible belt’s churches so much so, they said the”,,,, morons behind the pulpits will do anything we tell them” while cashing the ‘morons’ checks and sharing the profits.

    Do not forget – 3year sentence was a good ol boy gift. Delay bankrupted an entire tribe into destitution taking their money to lobby FOR a casino while taking churches and other tribe’s money to OPPOSE the casino. The casino was never opened, the tribe is to this day, destitute.

    Who can forget Delay’s grinning gob after he and his cronies had their yahoo’s polished in not so ‘family values’ manners while in the Marianna Islands so the sweat shops could have ‘made in America’ labels.

  • Anonymous

    Ralph Reed and Delay’s emails back and forth to each other (made public via discovery process) showed both of them mocking what they called ‘morons’ in the bible belt’s churches so much so, they said the”,,,, morons behind the pulpits will do anything we tell them” while cashing the ‘morons’ checks and sharing the profits.

    Do not forget – 3year sentence was a good ol boy gift. Delay bankrupted an entire tribe into destitution taking their money to lobby FOR a casino while taking churches and other tribe’s money to OPPOSE the casino. The casino was never opened, the tribe is to this day, destitute.

    Who can forget Delay’s grinning gob after he and his cronies had their yahoo’s polished in not so ‘family values’ manners while in the Marianna Islands so the sweat shops could have ‘made in America’ labels.

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