'The Hammer' to the slammer
January 10th, 2011
03:35 PM ET
4 years ago

'The Hammer' to the slammer

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - A Texas judge is sending "The Hammer" to prison. Former Republican leader Tom DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after a jury found him guilty of money laundering and conspiracy.

DeLay emotionally asked the judge for leniency. "I've lost my right to vote. Just because someone disagrees with you, it's not enough, they have to bury you, throw you in jail." DeLay arrived at the Austin courthouse in good spirits earlier today jokingly telling reporters he "had a date with the judge today." During his days in Congress, he earned the nickname "The Hammer."


DeLay was found guilty in November of a campaign-finance scheme that funneled $190,000 in corporate donations through his Texas-based PAC to the Republican National Committee, and then into the campaign coffers of seven Republicans running for the Texas Legislature. By Texas law, corporate money is illegal.

"Mr. DeLay has suffered enough. He lost it all already." said DeLay's attorney, Dick DeGuerin. "He did not rob, he did not line his own pockets. He did what he did because he believes in conservative values."

The judge will allow DeLay to post a $10,000 bond while his case is being appealed. DeGuerin says DeLay is posting bond and will be released soon.


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soundoff (295 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Interesting comment that he did what he did because of conservative values. Rigging districts to ensure Republicans get elected and laundering money, one sleazy and unethical, and the other outright illegal. Conservative values, anyone?

    January 10, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Mr. T. Bag

    What took so long??? Delay should have been in prison years ago...

    January 10, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. observer

    This disgraced former lawmaker has "lost it all?" Who is paying for his mouthpiece and how does he have $10,000 to make bail?? This sleaze appealing tells you that he thinks he is better than other folks.

    January 10, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Les

    I see the prosecutor after several tries finally go a guilty verdict. Tom is not guilty it is the prosecutor finally found the righ jury pool. I have a feeling all the trials he continued to bring against Tom cost way more than $190,000. What a waste of money for this prosecutor to continue to file these charges.

    January 10, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. whatnext

    There must be some mistake. Comments to nearly every article go on about the corrupt commie libtard politicians. Only the innocent republicans can save the country.

    January 10, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Chris

    he'll be out in 30 days

    January 10, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. B Greenwood

    He believes in conservative values such as fraud and conspiracy. Hope he doesn't get off.

    January 10, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Jake

    Gosh, I feel so bad for him.

    January 10, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    If tht was just joe blow they would have got alot more then 3 yrs

    January 10, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. lisa ward

    Wow. Down with Delay and on to the next group of politicans that have taken dirty money, ie...Corp sponsored backing contributions. It is amazing that Corporate America have employees working for them that represent alll party lines, but don't contribute to all. Talk about their own agenda. Totally amazing.

    January 10, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. bill davis

    We see Rangle and other, play the game...we see money being spent with no accountability...
    We know old Tom can do the dance, even Martha did the time...
    Let's go after them all, not just Tom...

    It is a credibility issue, and we as a country could use it....morality is at an all time low...

    January 10, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Pioneer

    My guess is he will die in Colorado from a heart attatck. Be burried in Kansas, and live out the rest of his conservative life in Switzerland. Maybe him and Ken can start a Bridge club or have a poker night.

    January 10, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Steve

    if he broke the law, which he did, he should go to jail. i also believe in conservative value but i do not launder money

    January 10, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. felton

    AAAAHHH, poor baby,,, it’s interesting how these guys vote to make laws like the possession of a joint, a punishment that put men in jail for 3 years, and when they get caught “stealing” or conversion of $190,000 thousand dollars knowingly,,, they cry like a baby. Tell your soft stories to Buba when you get in the big house.
    How about this, those politicians that Delay stole for, he should ask them to take turns serving portions of his 3 year stent. I mean, that’s what friends who you steal for ought to offer as a way of thanking him for being loyal to their cause. So, while your lawyer is pleading for you as if your some 17 year old innocent virgin going to a place where you’re going to be taken advantage of, I suggest that you “man up”, you did the crime, now do the time like a man.

    January 10, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Person

    One down, the rest of the government to go.

    January 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. jgai

    Only 3 years? That's a slap on the wrist, just because he was a majority leader does not make him any less of a criminal. He cries about it too...

    January 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Livin' the good life

    It's time they all pay up! Bush, Cheney and the rest of the "gang"! They corrupted America and put us in the situation we are in. Just like Madoff, they think/thought they are/were above the law. WE are paying for it now everyday! THEY are livin' the good life off of us! Sad to know the previous admin is livin' high on the hog while the rest of us are starving! Beau Colby

    January 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. James

    WOW! Is there a congressional cell?

    January 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Brandon

    "He did what he did because he believes in conservative values"...... Is a lawyer who represents a former Speaker of the House really using those words to defend DeLay? I'm pretty sure that's the same reason Scott Roeder decided to slay George Tiller.

    January 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. jcm52

    Committing a crime to gain political power is WORSE than committing a crime to line your own pockets. It subverts the country's foundation.

    January 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Spike

    I thought "conservative values" included following the law and respecting States rights and such? Not purposefully finding ways to hide that you are breaking the law and ignoring that the State has prevented corporate money in local elections...but I guess that whole "what part of illegal don't you understand?" should only apply to immigrants.

    January 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Cynthia

    Finally, some good news.

    January 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Which conservative value includes conspiracy? I guess it doesn't matter since Facebook is ceasing to exist on March 15th.

    January 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    DeLay emotionally asked the judge for leniency. "I've lost my right to vote. Just because someone disagrees with you, it's not enough, they have to bury you,
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    Did he breakdwon and sob a la Boo-Hoo Boehener the Weeper of the House? This is what a true punk does: no remorse about what he did, just complaining and whining, damn near demanding leniency because of who or what he thought he was!!

    Put him deep in the jail and let him dance with THOSE STARS!! Let's see how he fares.

    January 10, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Victor

    By any means sometimes gets you behind bars.

    January 10, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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