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 $10,000 bond while his case is being appealed. DeGuerin says DeLay is posting bond and will be released soon.
Hope a democrat stays in office during DeLay's jail term so he doesn't get a pardon like every other one of Bush's fall guys. Too bad they never followed it back to the true villain.
"the hammer" is going to get just that in jail...couldn't happen to a nicer piece of garbage
At least he got a little. Should have got what the average person gets.
i believe. i believe. i believe. click, click, click..........................am i in Kansas???
Yeah! he needs 25 years of probation. Once a crook, always a crook!
Wasn't he on dancing with the stars? What a shame!
And another GOPer bites the dust! "Dancing with the Felons"!!!
Republicans (and democrats), need to cut all this Bull$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.
He should get more time for trying to impersonate a dancer.
He'll be out in 6 months.
Enjoy your stay, Tommy!
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....
Good. Another corrupt Republican bites the dust.
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.
oops. didn't see the appeal thing. my boo-boo!
HAHAHAHA ... Bush and Cheney next
Hopefully it's real prison and not Paris Hilton camp.
All politicians are crooks. He just got caught.
The republican culture of corruption may have just lost a player.
So am I to assume conservative values include lying, cheating and stealing? who da thunk it!
good finally some justice for these poiticans that think they are above the law !
No doubt this is also Sarah Palin's fault.
Yet another example of people who who work with laws do not always follow them
Another corrupt politician gone. Good riddance.
"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....