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Judge sentences Tom DeLay to 3 years in prison
Wash Post ^ | January 10, 2011 | JUAN A. LOZANO

Posted on 01/10/2011 12:34:15 PM PST by Hawk720

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: delay; moneylaundering; ruling; tomdelay
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1 posted on 01/10/2011 12:34:16 PM PST by Hawk720
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To: Hawk720

A political prisoner if there ever was one.


2 posted on 01/10/2011 12:36:28 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Hawk720
WEll thank you lord McCain and prince Fiengold... Imagine if an investigation were ever conducted into liberal campaigns.... Dear LORD prayers up for Mr. DeLay.
3 posted on 01/10/2011 12:39:11 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Hawk720
Didn't the RATs change the law to fit the crime for a conviction?
4 posted on 01/10/2011 12:39:24 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

So, WE are supposed to tone down OUR rhetoric when “stench from the bench” political hacks hand down unjust decisions such as this? Delay did not steal ONE PENNY. I hold judges like this in contempt of the Constitution! Bob


5 posted on 01/10/2011 12:42:10 PM PST by alstewartfan ("Only in the darkest places will she feel at home tonight." from Mixed Blessing by Al Stewart)
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To: Just mythoughts; 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 a made up lies based on laws that have been repealed.


6 posted on 01/10/2011 12:43:20 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: Eric in the Ozarks
A political prisoner if there ever was one.

This is a travesty of justice.

Amnesty International will doubtlessly be quick on the case to ensure that Tom DeLay isn't imprisoned. /s

7 posted on 01/10/2011 12:43:46 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas...)
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To: Just mythoughts; 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 have been repealed.


8 posted on 01/10/2011 12:44:27 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: Hawk720

Tom DeLay has nothing to worry about since the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is comprised entirely of Republicans. With that being the case, the appeals court will overturn the verdict.


9 posted on 01/10/2011 12:44:41 PM PST by trumandogz
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; Hawk720

Sentenced right after a weekend’s worth of slander against “right wing extremists” and “provocateurs.”

Maybe DeLay should argue that the court was unfairly influenced by all the anti-conservative and anti-GOP rants.

Too much “vitriol” to get a fair sentence, ya know?


10 posted on 01/10/2011 12:45:01 PM PST by Scanian
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To: Hawk720

This is asking for a civil war.


11 posted on 01/10/2011 12:45:10 PM PST by wendy1946
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To: Hawk720

and 10 years probation after jail. So he will be around 76 when his probation runs out. Definitely not a slap in the wrist.


12 posted on 01/10/2011 12:45:28 PM PST by mewykwistmas ("Only the stupidest of all calves choose their own butcher")
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To: trumandogz

De Lay convicted and Rangel walks. Disgusting.


13 posted on 01/10/2011 12:47:04 PM PST by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: Hawk720

Can the Governor of Texas issue a pardon for this?


14 posted on 01/10/2011 12:47:15 PM PST by Rational Thought
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To: Hawk720

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7095IR20110110

Ex-House leader DeLay gets 5-year prison term

I wonder which it is 3 or 5 years...


15 posted on 01/10/2011 12:48:23 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Meanwhile, Charlie Rangel, Maxine Waters, and William Jefferson are laughing all the way to the bank.


16 posted on 01/10/2011 12:49:08 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Democrat_media
I truly believe there are some people on this earth that only Heaven will dish out perfect ‘justice’. I have just spent a weekend watching/reading the heathen rage. But I still ask a prayer of protection while Mr. DeLay endures his private persecution.
17 posted on 01/10/2011 12:51:39 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Hawk720

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?


18 posted on 01/10/2011 12:52:00 PM PST by Raycpa
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To: Hawk720
Looks just like United Appeal and how they juggle their funding. They claim you can specify where your contributions go; in reality they use them to offset the portion of the pot they had determined for that group, freeing up funds for their own pet projects.

Freakin' railroad job!

19 posted on 01/10/2011 12:52:08 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !! )
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To: Hawk720

20 posted on 01/10/2011 12:52:54 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (Don't enter a battlefield with flowers for succor when surgeons are saving the lives of the wounded.)
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To: Hawk720

This is completely politically driven, not criminally driven. What he did with candidates was legal and is still done. This is outrageous. I hope he appeals and it gets tossed.


21 posted on 01/10/2011 12:53:09 PM PST by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: Rational Thought

If we had a conservative governor we might wish for a pardon.


22 posted on 01/10/2011 12:53:28 PM PST by Terry Mross (.)
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To: Hawk720

Did DeLay do something illegal? Probably.

Did everyone else do it? Probably.

Can I get too worked up over K-Street Project Tom getting railroaded? No.


23 posted on 01/10/2011 12:55:46 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Hawk720
I am assuming the sentence is on hold for appeals process?? After which he never see`s the inside of prison...HOPEFULLY!!
24 posted on 01/10/2011 12:56:38 PM PST by Friendofgeorge (Sarah Palin 2012 or bust)
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To: trumandogz

Will Delay remain free until the TX Court of Criminal Appeals overturns this injustice?


25 posted on 01/10/2011 1:04:08 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Hawk720
Obama raised tens of millions of dollars over the Internet through donors he refused to disclose and made no attempt screen. Everyone knows that his campaign was funded with a river of foreign currency, and that myriad laws were broken - including conduit contributions, contributions exceeding the legal limit and contributions from phony donors. Having won the election, neither his own inaptly named Department of Justice or toothless FEC bothered to review the matter. This is a scandal of the first order and deserves a serious investigation.
http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/22/obamas-donor-credit-card-fraud-problem/
26 posted on 01/10/2011 1:04:08 PM PST by americanophile
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To: Terry Mross

Perry can recommend a pardon with the Board of Pardons and Paroles. But the Texas Governor does not have that power on his own. Just FYI.


27 posted on 01/10/2011 1:10:32 PM PST by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Hawk720

And Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Charles Rangel, Algore etc. etc. are the toasts of the Coasts. There is no justice for conservatives in America.


28 posted on 01/10/2011 1:12:45 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: trumandogz

Not necessarily, the TX judges are very often RINOs to the core because the citizens are uninformed about the judicial selection process. The Newspapers never inform them about the credentials of the judicial candidates.


29 posted on 01/10/2011 1:16:40 PM PST by Theodore R. (Rush was right when he said America may survive Obama but not the Obama supporters.)
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To: Hawk720

The only person who should go to jail is the Judge.


30 posted on 01/10/2011 1:18:47 PM PST by mulligan
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; Theodore R.
Delay was convicted by Texas jurors, not the judge..

Are you suggesting the Texas jurors are stupid and or corrupt?

31 posted on 01/10/2011 1:22:06 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Did DeLay do something illegal? Probably.

It wasn't illegal when he did it.

Ex post facto and all that.

But don't get yourself worked up over.

The government would never (heh) retroactively enforce a law against you, so why should you care?

32 posted on 01/10/2011 1:24:04 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: mulligan
The only person who should go to jail Hell is the Judge.

There. That's more like the truth.

33 posted on 01/10/2011 1:29:51 PM PST by HKMk23 (WANT DIFFERENT? VOTE DIFFERENT!)
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To: ColdOne

Ex-House leader DeLay gets 5-year prison term

I wonder which it is 3 or 5 years...


From your linked article:

The judge allowed DeLay to serve 10 years probation in lieu of the five-year term, but ordered him to serve the three-year term with no probation.


34 posted on 01/10/2011 1:33:57 PM PST by deport
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To: dragnet2

Austin jurors? Yes. Stupid and corrupt.


35 posted on 01/10/2011 1:44:59 PM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: trumandogz

Attorneys from both sides of the isle, right and left, defense and prosecution have said the same thing.

They don’t even know how he got convicted to begin with.


36 posted on 01/10/2011 1:46:29 PM PST by IMR 4350
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To: dragnet2

Probably stupid. They were selected precisely for their stupidity. Any thinking person would know this was a political railroad job and voted not guilty. There’s no excuse for a juror to follow that ‘ if it fits the letter of the law,,, you must convict’ bs,


37 posted on 01/10/2011 1:47:19 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: dragnet2

“Are you suggesting the Texas jurors are stupid and or corrupt? “

Yup.

And the DC jurors who “convicted” Scooter Libby were also corrupt, especially the foreman.

In both cases, the jury was highly Democrat in a highly Democrat district.

Do you really believe there is Justice in America?


38 posted on 01/10/2011 1:47:54 PM PST by eCSMaster
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To: BerryDingle
William Jefferson, Democrat, Louisiana was sentences to 13 yrs.

The Rangel result is an outrage, however.

39 posted on 01/10/2011 1:48:31 PM PST by newzjunkey (The Tucson shooting is Jarod Laughner's fault.)
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The "Hammer" is probably a crook.

3 yrs doesn't sound bad compared to the potential of life behind bars. The law, which he was a part of, must be applied even to people in power or it means nothing.

40 posted on 01/10/2011 1:54:40 PM PST by newzjunkey (The Tucson shooting is Jarod Laughner's fault.)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Will Delay remain free until the TX Court of Criminal Appeals overturns this injustice?


Yes DeLay has posted a $10,000 and will out while the appeals process is ongoing.


41 posted on 01/10/2011 1:54:40 PM PST by deport
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To: deport

will out

s/b

will remain out


42 posted on 01/10/2011 1:56:15 PM PST by deport
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To: deport

Ex-House leader DeLay gets 3-year prison term

I see that. The headline was 5-years a bit ago. Thanks for giving me the heads up.


43 posted on 01/10/2011 1:57:23 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: dragnet2
Are you suggesting the Texas jurors are stupid and or corrupt?

De Lay was convicted by an Austin jury. And the law he was convicted of did not go into effect until after the actions in question.

So it's an ex post facto conviction, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. And Austin is a hotbed of Marxist/Fascists/Demonrats. Even then, five Austin grand juries refused to indict on the charges. So, yeah, there's a problem with this prosecutor, judge, and jury.

44 posted on 01/10/2011 1:57:38 PM PST by bIlluminati (Don't just hope for change, work for change in 2011-2012.)
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To: dragnet2

The law was defective and the jurors were selective.


45 posted on 01/10/2011 2:00:14 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Hawk720

Well, now it’s official. Soviet Union show trials and kangaroo courts have reached our shores. All you need is a liberal prosecutor in a liberal county and you can take down any conservative in the country.


46 posted on 01/10/2011 2:21:18 PM PST by Defiant (There is no line on the march towards marxism that Democrats won't cross. Democrat=CPUSA)
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To: dragnet2
Delay was convicted by Texas jurors, not the judge..

Are you suggesting the Texas jurors are stupid and or corrupt?

What Delay did was legal under the campaign finance laws in place at the time. The proscecutrs twisted the money laundering statutes to create the appearance of illegality. The Texas jurors smelled a rat and attempted to ask questions of the judge in terms of what the statutes actually mean and how they should be applied. The judge refused to answer the questions and instructed the jurors to work with what they have been given. So essentially the jurors did what they were instructed to do. It will take a higher legal authority to determine that the instructions were invalid.

47 posted on 01/10/2011 2:24:17 PM PST by CMAC51
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To: CMAC51
Delay was convicted by Texas jurors, not the judge..

Are you suggesting the Texas jurors are stupid and or corrupt?

the jurors did what they were instructed to do

They were instructed to vote guilty?

What an odd response....

48 posted on 01/10/2011 2:29:30 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: americanophile
Obama raised tens of millions of dollars over the Internet through donors he refused to disclose

Bill Clinton received illegal campaign contributions for the Chinese and allowed campaign contributors to sell missile technology to the Chinese.

49 posted on 01/10/2011 2:30:43 PM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: Hawk720

It will not stand he’ll appeal it and it will be thrown out.


50 posted on 01/10/2011 2:33:32 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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