Hammer Comes Down… Jury Convicts Tom DeLay in Money Laundering Trial
Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay was convicted in court today for illegally funneling money to Texas candidates in 2002.
The AP reported:
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress — was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.
Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to life in prison on the money laundering charge.
After the verdicts were read, DeLay hugged his daughter, Danielle, and his wife, Christine. His lead attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said they planned to appeal the verdict.
“This is an abuse of power. It’s a miscarriage of justice, and I still maintain that I am innocent. The criminalization of politics undermines our very system and I’m very disappointed in the outcome,” DeLay told reporters outside the courtroom. He remains free on bond, and his sentencing was tentatively set to begin on Dec. 20.
So, Tom DeLay risked life in prison by illegally funneling corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002? Either he is extremely foolish or he has lousy lawyer defending him.
This doesn’t make much sense.