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."
"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.
It's about time this corrupt ex-speaker from Texas gets punished. The Hammer came down on DeLay. How does it feel, Tom?
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.
Couldn't happen to more deserving sleeze.
He got what he deserved.
Great! About time someone who breaks the law actually goes to jail.
Can we see a picture of him in the orange jump suit?
Good! It couldn't happen to a more deserving guy. Another sleazy politician.
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...
Poor, poor Mr DeLay. You are not above the law after all...
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.
Figures... Power Corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutley.
Bubba will have a new playmate
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.
What goes around does eventually come around.
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.
sisters come out and the the real crime go in keep up the good work america
About time. A much deserved sentence for such a thoughtless, corrupt man.
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).
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.
Wonder if he will still be called the "hammer" behind bars? Enjoy the light sentence Tom.
Don't lose hope; there actually is justice in this country after all.
Do you believe in miracles? YES, YES, YES I DO!!!!!!
Remember, a jury of his "Peers" found him Guilty in Texas? Hammer don't hurt em!
Wow! Only 3 years for money laundering. It pays to commit crimes wearing a tie.
I wonder if he will get his retirement and all the other money he screwed the American people out of for years?