'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. Rob of PCB

    Hope a democrat stays in office during DeLay's jail term so he doesn't get a pardon like every other one of Bush's fall guys. Too bad they never followed it back to the true villain.

    January 10, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    "the hammer" is going to get just that in jail...couldn't happen to a nicer piece of garbage

    January 10, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. brain2brain

    At least he got a little. Should have got what the average person gets.

    January 10, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. fed123

    i believe. i believe. i believe. click, click, click..........................am i in Kansas???

    January 10, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Yeah! he needs 25 years of probation. Once a crook, always a crook!

    January 10, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Patty Pardo

    Wasn't he on dancing with the stars? What a shame!

    January 10, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Nick , California

    And another GOPer bites the dust! "Dancing with the Felons"!!!

    January 10, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Dan

    Republicans (and democrats), need to cut all this Bull$hit out. How low will all of you go to win a campaign? Lets bring back civilized debate and follow the honest values and rules our forefathers instilled in us.

    January 10, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He should get more time for trying to impersonate a dancer.

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

    He'll be out in 6 months.

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

    Enjoy your stay, Tommy!

    January 10, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. whoa!

    Looks like Tom got "hammered" Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy..

    What you sow you shall reap. My faith in the justice system has been buoyed a little. An arrogant, corpro/fascist crook has at last been held accountable for crimes that are so destructive and greatly injurious to our democracy. Thanks to the jury for seeing the truth! Thank God not everybody in Texas is a tea party moron....

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

    Good. Another corrupt Republican bites the dust.

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

    That is one down and how many more? I'll bet most if not all of the 535 elected officials in congress have questionable dealings and its ashame we as tax payers are stuck with the system we have and the excuses they give for not getting the job done.

    January 10, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. fed123

    oops. didn't see the appeal thing. my boo-boo!

    January 10, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Jayden,FL

    HAHAHAHA ... Bush and Cheney next

    January 10, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. Lean6

    Hopefully it's real prison and not Paris Hilton camp.

    January 10, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. Bill

    All politicians are crooks. He just got caught.

    January 10, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Take America Back to the Bush Error?

    The republican culture of corruption may have just lost a player.

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

    So am I to assume conservative values include lying, cheating and stealing? who da thunk it!

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

    good finally some justice for these poiticans that think they are above the law !

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

    No doubt this is also Sarah Palin's fault.

    January 10, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Ruben Reyes

    Yet another example of people who who work with laws do not always follow them

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

    Another corrupt politician gone. Good riddance.

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

    "He did what he did because he believes in conservative values"

    so.....conservative values are ignoring state laws as long as it suits your campaigning needs?

    Well that actually explains a lot....

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