'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. Charlotte Selldin

    It's about time this corrupt ex-speaker from Texas gets punished. The Hammer came down on DeLay. How does it feel, Tom?

    January 10, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Stephen

    Maybe there is justice in the US. Delay got what he deserved. I felt certain he would get off with a slap on the wrist and probation, fortunately the justice system came through this time around.

    January 10, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Thinker

    Couldn't happen to more deserving sleeze.

    January 10, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Wil Lambert

    He got what he deserved.

    January 10, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Hooray

    Great! About time someone who breaks the law actually goes to jail.

    January 10, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. anj

    Can we see a picture of him in the orange jump suit?

    January 10, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. boocat

    Good! It couldn't happen to a more deserving guy. Another sleazy politician.

    January 10, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Tcflyer

    Tom, don't worry you'll look good in pin strips, and you'll even get to enjoy the private time with your new friends...and they'll sure enjoy having you there...

    January 10, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Jessica

    Poor, poor Mr DeLay. You are not above the law after all...

    January 10, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. KNKLHEAD

    Imagine that. The majority leader of the House under Bush, "illegally steered corporate money into campaigns for the Texas legislature."

    For two years I'll ask, who does the Republican party support? Large corporations or the middle class? Tough question .. go ahead and take your time.

    January 10, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Jimmy Kelley

    Figures... Power Corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutley.

    January 10, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Ramrod

    Bubba will have a new playmate

    January 10, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Finally! He broke the law with how money was given to candidates in Texas. There should be punishment for those that break the law. We need to have a way where money is not needed to run for elected office.

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

    What goes around does eventually come around.

    January 10, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. junior johnson

    Tom delay shouldve been sentenced longer than 3yrs!!! more like 50 yrs with no parole till all time is severed.It send a strong message that the amreica people will no longer stand for this kind of political or politcan any more.tom delay needs to know how many people he hurt with is greed an miss use of power he was given.

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

    sisters come out and the the real crime go in keep up the good work america

    January 10, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. JusticePrevails

    About time. A much deserved sentence for such a thoughtless, corrupt man.

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

    WOW! About time, maybe some justice in texas. Now, only if we can put the rest of his repulsif-gang in a cell next too him, aka...( George Bush, Dick Cheney).

    January 10, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. GOP = Greed Over People

    Too bad there was not a 2 in front of the 3.

    And since the Republicans here in TX are about to start another Census redistricting, I hope they are paying close attention today to what happened to DeLay.

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

    Wonder if he will still be called the "hammer" behind bars? Enjoy the light sentence Tom.

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

    Don't lose hope; there actually is justice in this country after all.

    January 10, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. fed123

    Do you believe in miracles? YES, YES, YES I DO!!!!!!

    January 10, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Anthony Ravenell

    Remember, a jury of his "Peers" found him Guilty in Texas? Hammer don't hurt em!

    January 10, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Tom

    Wow! Only 3 years for money laundering. It pays to commit crimes wearing a tie.

    January 10, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. And

    I wonder if he will get his retirement and all the other money he screwed the American people out of for years?

    January 10, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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