Skip to comments.Tom DeLay verdict overturned by Texas appellate court
Posted on 09/19/2013 8:01:47 AM PDT by Perdogg
A Texas Court of Appeals in Austin has overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, attorney Brian Wice told KVUE sister station KHOU 11 News.
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“It doesnt matter to the RATs, they got what they wanted. Trump up some charges and eliminate a political opponent. If years down the road the conviction gets over turned, their vicitm is no longer a threat.”
Just like the “environmentalists,” huh! Litigate, litigate, litigate, until your opponent either runs out of money, the issue ceases to have any meaning, or he just gives up! That goes for the EPA (and their Commie buddies, the Army Corps of Engineers) in spades.
“Repubs can truly be the Lion in “The Wizard of Oz”. They need “courage”.”
Courage comes from conviction. I dont hink they have enough conviction in their beliefs to forcibly push them. The left has complete conviction and is willing to do ANYTHING to advance their beliefs.
Earle wanted to run for TX AG! Can you imagine? He should be buried under the jailhouse.
Does this mean the “culture of corruption” that so troubled Nanacy Pelosi back in 2006 has gone away at last?
Seems like the Democrats have taken over the franchise on “culture of corruption”.
Only they actually do engage in corruption.
Welcome back Mr. DeLay
I see that it was a 2 to 1 decision of the Third Court of Appeals, with Chief Justice Jones dissenting. Is that the end of the matter, or does the State of Texas have a right to appeal to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (the highest Texas court for criminal matters)?
Yes they did this is first or last time they do it. GOP needs to get backbone and fight back just like they do. Fight fire with fire.
Yes, on Rounds Rock.
And, if golf is your game and you like outdoors, look around SE of Austin.
The town Spicewood is on Pedernales River and that is nice. It can get snowy in the winter so roads can be hard traveling. If you can afford to hunker down until snow melts, its pretty. But, if you need to travel in snow - know that most Texans don't have a clue of how to drive in the snow. I count myself as not knowing how to navigate snow/driving!
Same goes for high water. It will flood in lower lying areas - so hunker down if you can or pick an elevation that is kind of high and not too close to the river.
Hope I'm not scaring you off - just a couple of tips to think about..
Even with snow and low-lying floods, I'd move back in a second if I could!
But Mr. h has his job and we aren't independently wealthy! I'm looking to retire there and growing our own vegetables and fruits!
Exactly. Charges were bogus from the start. But rats always seem to be able to fight dirty and get by with it.
I Like The Way You Think!
DeLay, The Hammer. He was the one able to rope all the jellyspines into straight lines.
Would definitely be useful today.
All that waste of time and recourses not to mention what it did to Tom Delays life
Politics is really a blood sport as practiced by the left
The pressure came from Pam Blondie, I mean Bondi. Angela Corey was Bondi’s friend and she desperately wanted Corey on the Zimmerman case. Anyone who thinks that air headed, gay agenda loving, blonde Bondi is worth anything is as wrong as she is.
No, he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt on DWTS.
I call it the San Fransicko of the South!
Ms. Corey has an ethics investigation going on her now!
Of course, it could take years...to find any ethics in this woman!
“...ut he was prosecuted because he was so effective keeping the left where they belonged..”
To bad he can’t go after that F***stick Ronnie Earl
It helped Pelosi and Reid to take power in 2006.
Chris Bell (DemocRat) lost his congressional seat in redistricting to a BLACK Democrat. As a lame duck, it was he who filed the charges against Mr. DeLay.
Chris Bell is a three time LOSER. Houston Mayor, Federal Congressman, and Texas Governor.
His liberal Democrat woman successor was arrested for driving drunk as a skunk with an open vodka bottle at her side....and is still DA, proving that Austin is can truly be called the Big Blue Anus of TX.
Wow, txrefugee, hard to believe Austin is part of Texas...
Pinging some FRiends here... Tom Delay: CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES per Texas Appeals Court
I knew the conviction was political!
But but but..
The DA perp grand jury shopped it all over Texas..
How many grand juries did he go to? Three?
The ham samwich usually goes downhill real quick after the first one. This one wreaked by the 3rd time around.
Can he be sued personally?
It’s time for some artful gerrymandering the Autin area. Who gets to draw the lines in Texas? The Gov? It’s time do do to them as they would do to us if they could.
“Lead story on the news tonight....not”
You are so right. I just googled Tom Delay. Here are the results in actual order:
Tom Delay prison
Tom Delay mugshot
Tom Delay appeal
Tom Delay scandal
Tom Delay Dancing with the Stars
Tom Delay money laundering
No Tom Delay ACQUITTAL.
“Kinda like what they TRIED to do to Sarah Palin.”
Nor is it ever mentioned what decent human beings Delay and his wife are for having 3 adopted children, and all the work they have done for foster children with their Rio Bend project which was recently taken over by Catholic charities because of the Delay legal problems.
“proving that Austin is can truly be called the Big Blue Anus of TX.
~SIGH~ So what you’re saying is that if my wife and I wanted to maybe retire to that area (my wife thinks it’s one of the prettiest parts of the state) and we were looking for some conservative values, (not to mention finding some conservative friends) we’d be out of luck? “
Searching for a conservative neighborhood in Austin will send you on a longer walk than Diogenes search for an honest man.
The good news is your total wait time WILL be less than waiting for Godot.
Don’t forget to take lunch.
I’ve been getting little updates. I’ll check them tonight and see if they’re just reposts, or something new.
An article in Slate (!) says that there could be further appeals.
They also include Tom's smiling mugshot.
Tom DeLay would fight
Delay is dirty but just about everyone in DC is dirty too. I who really like someone to explain to me how a man of modest means can go to DC and retire a multi millionaire without being dirty. Crony capitalism ubber allis.
An Austin appeals court on Thursday overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on charges related to a scheme to influence Texas elections.
The vote by the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin was 2-1. DeLay's three-year prison sentence has been on hold as his case has made its way through the appellate process.
Delay was convicted in 2010 of illegally channeling $190,000 in corporate donations to Republicans running for the Texas Legislature. State law prohibits corporate campaign contributions to local races. A jury in Austin found that DeLay's actions-collecting checks, moving the funds through a political action committee and distributing the donations to state candidates-violated state money-laundering statutes.
"Because we conclude that the evidence was legally insufficient to sustain DeLay's convictions, we reverse the judgments of the trial court and render judgments of acquittal," the majority opinion by Justice Melissa Goodwin states. Justice David Gaultney concurred.
"The fundamental problem with the state's case was its failure to prove proceeds of criminal activity."
Chief Justice J. Woodfin Jones dissented, writing, "I disagree with the majority's opinion that there was legally insufficient evidence to support a jury finding that the corporate contributions at issue here were the proceeds of criminal activity."
The Travis County district attorney's office, which prosecuted the case against DeLay, issued a statement, saying it would seek a rehearing.
"We strongly disagree with the opinion of Judges Goodwin and Gaultney that the evidence was insufficient. We are concerned and disappointed that two judges substituted their assessment of the facts for that of 12 jurors who personally heard the testimony of over 40 witnesses over the course of several weeks and found that the evidence was sufficient and proved DeLay's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. We are preparing a response to this opinion and will ask the full Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to review the ruling."
DeLay, 66, a conservative Republican from the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, ran an exterminating business before being elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1978 and winning a seat in Congress in 1984. He rose rapidly through the House leadership and was elected majority leader in 2002. DeLay earned the nickname "the Hammer" for his fierce political tactics.
In 2005, a grand jury indicted DeLay on charges that he had conspired to violate campaign finance laws. DeLay reportedly sought donations to his political action committee from Enron and other corporations to help bankroll the redistricting of Texas to favor the election of more Republicans. DeLay denied the charges but resigned as majority leader.
The executive director of Texans for Public Justice, the group that filed the complaint that led to DeLay's indictment, suggested that the Republican judges who issued Thursday's ruling were influenced by politics.
"He (DeLay) was wrong on the law and wrong on the facts, but politics bailed him out," said TPJ's Craig McDonald. He said he hoped that the Travis County district attorney's office would appeal the ruling to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Two co-defendants in the case pleaded guilty and paid fines. John Colyandro, who ran Texans for a Republican Majority, pleaded guilty in 2012 to a misdemeanor charge of accepting illegal political contributions and received deferred adjudication, which means there will be no final conviction if he completes probation. He also was fined $8,000.
Jim Ellis, a DeLay staff member, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of making an illegal campaign contribution. He received four years' probation and a $10,000 fine. Ellis and Colyandro were accused of scheming to funnel illegal corporate contributions into state races.
Their political efforts produced a Republican majority in the Texas House, paving the way for a controversial mid-decade redistricting effort that helped win more congressional seats for the Republican Party from Texas.
Former U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, who lost his office due to the controversial redistricting plan, reacted with disappointment.
"When people don't follow the rules, there needs to be some kind of recourse. There are any number of instances in which DeLay didn't follow the rules with regard to the politics of our country," said Lampson, who, ironically, won the seat left open by DeLay's resignation in 2006. He was defeated two years later.
"He brought significant change in the politics of our state and our country that has brought us to greater polarization and a crisis period with our Congress," said Lampson.
..prosecuting Ronnie Earle is a good idea—just like they should have Johnny Sutton...
Tom Delay is the poster child for dirty me me me, corny meism that rules DC today. He is not alone, most of DC plays the same game.
And then there's this . :)
That is good news, the original judge should be impeached
Yes but if he was never torn apart and beaten down, would never have gone on the stupid program
Call it a side affect from the beat down
And hanged, too.