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Judge sentences ex-House Majority Leader DeLay to 3 years for money laundering scheme
NY Post ^ | January 10, 2011 | AP via NY POST

Posted on 01/10/2011 12:34:04 PM PST by Beaten Valve

Tom DeLay sentenced to 3-years in prison.

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1 posted on 01/10/2011 12:34:09 PM PST by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve

Could have been much worse. Thank God he will be able to have a life when he gets out. Three Years will go fast. If I were him, I would write a book or two while inside. They are able to do that.


2 posted on 01/10/2011 12:35:58 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Beaten Valve
It is now illegal for Republicans to raise money for politics.

Mission Accomplished!

3 posted on 01/10/2011 12:37:25 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ('If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Beaten Valve

Yikes. What did he REALLY do, or is this just a Kangaroo Kourt prosecution? Did he get prosecuted for somethig most DC politicos do?


4 posted on 01/10/2011 12:38:22 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, than Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Beaten Valve

And Rangle will never see the inside of a jail cell.


5 posted on 01/10/2011 12:38:35 PM PST by AU72
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To: Beaten Valve

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge has ordered U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to serve three years in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

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.

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

http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20110110/NEWS01/110110026/Judge+sentences+Tom+DeLay+to+3+years+in+prison+


6 posted on 01/10/2011 12:38:38 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

I wonder if the judge will let him stay out of jail until appeals have been heard.


7 posted on 01/10/2011 12:42:09 PM PST by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/politics/entries/2011/01/10/delay_appears_in_court.html

UPDATED: Judge Pat Priest sentenced Tom DeLay to three years in prison.

The three-year sentence was on the charge of conspiring to launder corporate money into political donations during the 2002 elections.

On the charge of money laundering, DeLay was sentenced to five years in prison, but that was probated for 10 years. That means he would serve 10 years’ probation.

DeLay was taken into custody but he was expected to be released as soon as he posted an appeals bond.

The judge then ordered the courtroom cleared except for the lawyers.

Prior to the sentence, DeLay spoke to the court.

He was unrepentant.

“I fought the fight. I ran the race. I kept the faith,” DeLay said.

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8 posted on 01/10/2011 12:42:20 PM PST by deport
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To: Lazamataz
What did he REALLY do,

He became a powerful Republican. He was charged by a Dem prosecutor and tried in a Dem county.

9 posted on 01/10/2011 12:42:42 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Halls

Yes with the posting of a bond............


10 posted on 01/10/2011 12:43:14 PM PST by deport
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To: Beaten Valve

His real guilt ? Daring to try to win the U.S. House for the Republicans. This is disgusting.


11 posted on 01/10/2011 12:43:50 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
It is now illegal for Republicans to raise money for politics.

A crook is a crook, regardless of party affiliation.

12 posted on 01/10/2011 12:44:10 PM PST by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: Lazamataz

Delay was convicted of a crime that wasn’t a crime when he committed it. The prosecutor, Ronnie Earle had a personal vendetta against Delay and didn’t give up until he got a conviction. Earle shopped grand juries until he got one that would carry out the conviction. This was a political witch hunt and the bad guy won for now.


13 posted on 01/10/2011 12:44:17 PM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Beaten Valve

Two issues come to my mind:

Is this what congress had in mind with the money laundering statutes?

Isn’t this an end run around the constitution which left the discipline of congress members for acts related to their office up to the respective congressional body?


14 posted on 01/10/2011 12:44:46 PM PST by Raycpa
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To: varon
A crook is a crook, regardless of party affiliation.

Explain the crime he committed, Sherlock.

15 posted on 01/10/2011 12:45:55 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ('If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: varon

They railroaded a Republican that was powerful. He committed no crime other than being in the wrong party.


16 posted on 01/10/2011 12:46:02 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Beaten Valve

Both him and Scooter Libby made the mistake of thinking that the Justice system is fair and impartial. It’s a rigged game and once you’re in it the odds are very good that you’ll be found guilty of something (or forced to admit to guilt just to avoid jail time). Neither Scooter or Tom had enough money/power to derail this system and this should be a lesson for anyone here, if a cop/prosecutor wants to put you in jail, he can with the willing accent of 12 men/women who are so brain dead now that it hardly matters that they are there since they automatically assume that since you’ve been charged you must be guilty of something!

Read some of the blogs that deal with this, it will scare the Beelzebub out of you and make you wonder what happen to America.


17 posted on 01/10/2011 12:46:13 PM PST by trapped_in_LA
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To: Beaten Valve; All

If democrats can do this injustice to Delay then they can do it to any of us. Freedom must be protected.

The conservative justices appointed by the Republican Congress stuck down McCain-Feingold and all similar laws passed in the last 100 years.So Democrats are putting Delay in prison because of made up lies based on laws that are evil, unconstitutional and have been repealed.


18 posted on 01/10/2011 12:51:24 PM PST by Democrat_media (Why is no government creating a product we can hold in our hands like a cell phone..?)
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To: varon

So what is DeLay guilty of? Taking PAC money, sending to RNC, RNC sending money to Republican candidates in Texas. No stealing money. Money didn’t go to DeLay? What’s the crime? Isn’t this what all PAC’s do? Are all PAC’s crooks?


19 posted on 01/10/2011 12:54:56 PM PST by encm(ss)
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To: Texas resident

Earle shopped grand juries until he got one that would carry out the conviction.


True Earle shopped grand juries until he found one that would issue the charges. However that grand jury didn’t sit in judgment of DeLay.


20 posted on 01/10/2011 12:55:08 PM PST by deport
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To: Beaten Valve
Hey, wasn't Delay the target of the Capitol Hill shooter some years ago? I am looking that up (I may be mistaken) because I seem to remember the Dems making themselves the victim then too (well that is the nature of their business).
21 posted on 01/10/2011 12:55:54 PM PST by Never on my watch (When Obama was born, the movie "The Manchurian Candidate" was in production. Coincidence?)
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To: trapped_in_LA

Agree with your post from personal observations in jury selection process.

It’s amazing what goes on in those courts to rig things for the outcome they want. Seems most folks just nod their heads, and go along with it all because they just want to get their jury duty done, and over with. Those of us that think, and are contrary to the Leftist instruction in the courts are looked upon with blank expressions by the other potential jurists, and with great disdain by the court.

It’s an awful experience.


22 posted on 01/10/2011 12:56:03 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Beaten Valve

It will be overturned on appeal. The law he was convicted for didn’t even exist when he forwarded donations to the RNC. Typical Texas Democrats pretending they care about the law.


23 posted on 01/10/2011 12:57:55 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Lazamataz

Its total BS. A Democrat judge convicts him of a crime that didn’t even exist when he transferred donations from one account to another. It will be thrown out on appeal.


24 posted on 01/10/2011 1:00:59 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb

Thanks, Deb. We are really devolving to a nation that no longer has justice.


25 posted on 01/10/2011 1:04:33 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, than Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: Texas resident
We should do the same to the rats, not just oppose them, destroy their leaders.

With each of their victories, we can expect several attempts to criminalize prominent Republicans.

26 posted on 01/10/2011 1:06:33 PM PST by Jacquerie (The 112th Congress will be a proxy fight for the American soul.)
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To: Never on my watch
Yep it was Delay and part of the motivation attributed to the shooter was 'distrust of the government'.

From Wikipedia:

The United States Capitol shooting incident of 1998 was an attack on July 24, 1998 which led to the death of two United States Capitol Police officers. Detective John Gibson and Officer Jacob Chestnut were killed when Russell Eugene Weston Jr. entered the Capitol and opened fire.[1] Chestnut was killed instantly and Gibson died during surgery at George Washington University Hospital but not before wounding Weston, who survived. Weston's exact motives are unknown, but he does suffer from a mental disorder and maintains a strong distrust of the federal government. He remains in a mental institution due to paranoid schizophrenia and has yet to be tried in court.

27 posted on 01/10/2011 1:08:43 PM PST by Never on my watch (When Obama was born, the movie "The Manchurian Candidate" was in production. Coincidence?)
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To: Lazamataz

Personally, I don’t think Traficant did anything that 90% of the rest of them don’t do.

Trouble was, Traficant went after the high-rollers and p’d some of them off...


28 posted on 01/10/2011 1:11:26 PM PST by djf (Touch my junk and I'll break yur mug!!!)
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To: djf

Traficant also used to speak out against Bill Clinton on the floor of the House big time.


29 posted on 01/10/2011 1:15:27 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: varon

Delay was no crook.


30 posted on 01/10/2011 1:16:50 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Beaten Valve

The Judge should be in jail. What a jackass.


31 posted on 01/10/2011 1:20:48 PM PST by mulligan
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To: Beaten Valve

And the 0bamas got an FHA loan on their Chicago house that was $900,000+ over the legal limit, and they are in the White House.

DeLay’s a piker.


32 posted on 01/10/2011 1:22:42 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: napscoordinator
I encourage ALL Freepers to call the Texas Governor's office and voice support for Perry to recommend a full pardon to the Board of Pardons and Paroles. i just called and spoke with a live person. Had to hold for 5 minutes. You can also leave a recorded message. The number to call is (800) 252-9600.
33 posted on 01/10/2011 1:23:52 PM PST by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: trapped_in_LA
Yesterday C-SPAN had one of its "In Depth" interviews with a leftist, anti-war activist/writer, Phyllis Bennis (I never heard of her). She said that to support herself while she organized and protested against America's wars, she got a certification from the court as a "private investigator" of jurors. Apparently that's how the Left controls jury outcomes, by digging up dirt against jurors who might vote to convict leftist criminals.

It just makes you shake your head and wonder how America will ever survive.

34 posted on 01/10/2011 1:24:57 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Clump

That is a good idea....funny how my phone is right here too. Thanks!!!


35 posted on 01/10/2011 1:26:49 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: AU72

How about Barney Frank and his tax evasions...

I don’t condone any Republican acting in a criminal manner, but I remain unconvinced this isn’t a kangaroo court down there in Texas.

This prosecutor brought a number of cases before the court before one wasn’t tossed out. Why was he allowed to get away with that? After the third or fourth one, I would have charged him with contempt and blocked any future cases against the same defendant.

I also remain unconvinced that Delay did anything that isn’t common practice on Capital Hill. And when the DNC got those hundreds of thousands of dollars from Chinese officials, who went to prison over it?

Delay was very effective on Capital Hill as the Republican Whip. That was his real crime IMO.


36 posted on 01/10/2011 1:28:42 PM PST by DoughtyOne (All hail the Kenyan Prince Obama, Lord of the Skid-mark, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: Deb

Agreed Deb. It’s not healthy IMO.


37 posted on 01/10/2011 1:31:07 PM PST by DoughtyOne (All hail the Kenyan Prince Obama, Lord of the Skid-mark, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: Clump

I called Governor Perry’s office and basically got the run-around.

The lady was polite, but she told me that I needed to contact the Texas Board of Appeals if I wanted Delay pardoned. She stated that Perry can’t pardon someone without their recommendation.

I said, “Well, they’re not going to listen to me are they?” She didn’t respond on point. I said this left me rather frustrated. She said she was sorry, and that she would pass along my thoughts to the governor. If she does, I guess that’s reasoned.

I may be wrong, but I doubt that it is true that he can only pardon upon recommendation. He may not want to pardon without cover, but it is his prerogative I would suspect.

The 800 number you provided is for Texan’s only. The switchboard number was (512) 463-1782. It allows for you to select comment line or live body.

The Board of Appeals number is (512) 936-6351.


38 posted on 01/10/2011 1:44:50 PM PST by DoughtyOne (All hail the Kenyan Prince Obama, Lord of the Skid-mark, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: Beaten Valve
Guilty (R)

Innocent (D)

No matter the charges or evidence.

I'm tired of this law-for-thee-but-not-for-me serfdom.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

39 posted on 01/10/2011 1:45:36 PM PST by The Comedian (Puzzling puzzle pieces precisely proliferating panoramically.)
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To: varon
A crook is a crook, regardless of party affiliation.

Put down your copy of the New York Times and check out the details of the (trumped-up) case against DeLay.

Yet, Charles Rangle sits in Congress today having committed and having been found guilty (at least by his peers) egregious crimes of abuse of office, with money or other benefits going directly to him.

No double standard here... /sarc

40 posted on 01/10/2011 1:58:05 PM PST by The Citizen Soldier (Obama: All turban, no camels.)
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To: deport

He should do the five and tell them to stuff the ten years’ probation. With a leash like that on him, he’ll be useless for a decade after his release on the three [it would seem that the sentences would run concurrently, since the convictions are based on a common transaction-so that would mean two extra on the three, and no one looking over his shoulder for the ten].


41 posted on 01/10/2011 2:34:14 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Lazamataz

Thanks, Deb. We are really devolving to a nation that no longer has justice.


I came to this realization the day that O.J. Simpson was pronounced “Not Guilty” over 15 years ago....


42 posted on 01/10/2011 2:37:01 PM PST by patriot preacher
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To: DoughtyOne

http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/bpp/exec_clem/exec_clem.html

...
WHAT IS CLEMENCY?
The governor has the authority to grant clemency upon the written recommendation of a majority of the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Clemency includes full pardons, conditional pardons, pardons based on innocence, commutations of sentence, and emergency medical reprieves. In capital cases, the Board considers applications for commutation of sentence to life in prison and for a reprieve of execution. If the Board recommends clemency in a death penalty case, the governor may grant commutation or reprieve. The governor can also grant a one-time thirty-day reprieve of execution in these cases.

.....


43 posted on 01/10/2011 2:45:29 PM PST by deport
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Explain the crime he committed, Sherlock.

You're asking the wrong person. Ask the judge and jury, Sherlock.

44 posted on 01/10/2011 2:54:01 PM PST by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: Texas resident

If what you say is true, then Delay can appeal and win.

You can’t be tried for a crime which wasn’t a crime when you did it.


45 posted on 01/10/2011 3:20:22 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: varon
You're asking the wrong person. Ask the judge and jury, Sherlock.

They jury couldn't explain it either, Skippy.

Six grand juries turned the case down until Ronnie Earle tricked one into an indictment.

This conviction will eventually be overturned, and the only thing that will have been accomplished is the knee-capping of an effective Republican.

You Lefties don't like effective Republicans.

46 posted on 01/10/2011 5:31:19 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ('If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
You Lefties don't like effective Republicans.

You're mighty loose with labels, Bucko. Not having sold my soul to a political party and blindly follow their doctrine, I have the luxury to evaluate each one based on fact and not bias based on mind numbing blind allegiance.

A crook is still a crook like a mindless sheeple is still a sheeple, baaaaaaa. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Buckwheat.

47 posted on 01/10/2011 7:02:33 PM PST by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: varon; Deb; E. Pluribus Unum
ron;Deb;E. Pluribus Unum

You're asking the wrong person. Ask the judge and jury, Sherlock.

I used to believe that the Latvian Forest Brothers (meža brāļi) were valiant freedom fighters, but now you've explained succinctly that the rightful government, the Russians ("their judge and jury") were correct when they called them scum, bandits and illegals.

The meža brāļi apparently were rightfully exterminated...

48 posted on 01/10/2011 7:06:32 PM PST by an amused spectator (Islamic law upholds that children born to a Muslim father are automatically Muslim)
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To: an amused spectator
used to believe that the Latvian Forest Brothers (meža brāļi) were valiant freedom fighters, but now you've explained succinctly that the rightful government, the Russians ("their judge and jury") were correct when they called them scum, bandits and illegals.

The meža brāļi apparently were rightfully exterminated...

Must be a full moon tonight. The GOP operatives and their lunatic vassals are out tonight.

Go ahead and wallow in your ignorance and continue your tasks of instigators and agents provocateurs,'E. Pluribus Unum' for the GOP and 'an amused spectator' for the FR Communist contingent.

It's really not all that difficult to unmask you guys. Relics of history is your next classification.

49 posted on 01/10/2011 7:30:27 PM PST by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: varon
You would certainly all about sheep.

Intimately.

50 posted on 01/10/2011 7:32:29 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ('If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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