'The Hammer' to the slammer
January 10th, 2011
03:35 PM ET
3 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. PalmReader

    "The hard left is going to try and silence the Tea Party movement by blaming us for this, Tea Party Nation leader Judson Phillips wrote. The left is going to come and hit us hard on this. We need to push back harder with the simple truth. The shooter was a liberal lunatic. Emphasis on both words."
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    This is a direct quote from Tea Party leader Judson Phillips. Phillips also suggested that President Clinton used the Oklahoma bombing as a means to "silence" the conservatives. There is no direct link between political party afflication and the Tucson shooter, nor did Clinton ever try to silence the conservatives. Apparently though, Limbaugh has taken Phillips advice. That Limbaugh, Palin, Beck and others (the list is too long to type, we all know who they are) feel it necessary to DEFEND their incendiary rhetoric after this political shooting is telling. These conservatives who spew their filth the loudest seem to be fully aware that their rants ARE over the top. In Judson Phillips case, his comments are complete fabrication as well.

    January 10, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. drinky

    where's that big stupid mugshot grin now Delay???

    January 10, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. DanteX

    Good.

    It is unfortunate, however, that the taxpayers will be footing the bill to board and feed this CRIMINAL for the next three years.

    January 10, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Oldie in TampaBay

    FINALLY! Justice is served! Lets hope that this is just the beginning!

    January 10, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Jason

    3 years in a cage for this? Does anybody think he's actually a danger to anyone around him to where he should be caged like an animal for years? No wonder the US imprisons more of it's own people by far than any other country. Land of the Free my butt. We need to come up with better options for punishment for nonviolent crimes than to completely destroy lives.

    January 10, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Ramul

    Now lets go get Nancy P.

    January 10, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Abe

    You get mandatory 20 years for having a single vial of crack on you. But this scumbag only gets 3 years?

    Yeah that is justice.

    January 10, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Eli

    Tom Delay deserves LIFE in Prison PERIOD!!!!!!!

    January 10, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. jmr

    DeLay is the living definition of the corrupt, crooked politician. He is genuinely one of the most sleazy people EVER to hold public office. Giving him just three years is letting him off easy.

    January 10, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. hugh johnson

    this is fair i guess, considering they sent wesley snipes to jail... guess no one can hide, i dunno why these ppl dont call taxmasters. get their bills in order, there should be no reason why a member of goverment should be invovled in money laundering!

    January 10, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. MartiM, Plano, TX

    Being from Texas, this makes me VERY happy, indeed.

    January 10, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Typical White Male

    A Republican Hero for many, many years - actually a straight-up Thug criminal. You don't say? How many others have there been (Oliver North hint hint).

    January 10, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Dee

    He seemed nice on Dancing with the Stars.

    January 10, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Dan

    Finally one for the people! Let's keep going after the corrupt with full intensity. It is one of the few things that keeps us from being mired in the same hideous situations as Mexico and so many, many other nations.

    January 10, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Mike

    Wel well, there is a God, after all.

    January 10, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. sinpolitica

    It came as no surprise.

    He was unscrupulous, arrogant and worst of all, a crook. And to think he was the House Majority Leader.

    Shame on all the congressmen and women who suspected or knew and turned a blind eye.

    January 10, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Texasnative

    Too bad that "hammer" didn't get a stiffer penalty for all his dirty deeds that he got away with.

    January 10, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. RLMontoya

    Now if we could just catch the rest of the elected crooks red-handed...

    January 10, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Larry

    Yay. At least one of the sleazy ones goes to jail, finally.

    January 10, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Tom

    Hey Hammer,

    Got some time to play "Dancing With the Bars"? lol

    January 10, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. mike

    This made my day :)

    January 10, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Justice for all

    Finally, justice for all the people Delay has wronged. Too bad so sad. Mr "I am the law" will have three years to ponder his next evil move. I'm sure Fox news will be able to figure out how to keep him on their payroll. After all he is one of their trusted contributors.

    January 10, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. webber1998

    Pompous rectum... right where he belongs. I honestly felt this bag of hot wind was guilty of MORE than what he was found guilty of.

    January 10, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Dr Perry Fisher

    Now he will be doing laundry.

    January 10, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Isabel

    I am glad to hear that DeLay will be doing at least three years, although doing time in Federal prison for a "white collar" crime is not "really" doing time, except that you are kept away from your loved ones. I guess he thought that going on the TV show "Dancing with the Stars" would earn him some sympathy votes. At least it earned him some side money. In my opinion, he made an ass of himself on the show.

    January 10, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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