'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. SG

    Mr. Deeeelay, golden boy of the Republican party, the shining example of Republican values and ideals. There is no hypocrisy here, it's just Republicans being Republicans.

    January 10, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Nick , California

    "He did not rob, he did not line his own pockets. He did what he did because he believes in conservative values."

    The Republican mantra... its just capitalism bitches!!! Looks like those conservative values aren't doing to good these days.. hate on gays, Mexicans, Muslims, Democrats... etc.. another sad day for America!

    January 10, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Sally Hawkins

    Send him to jail without DeLay!

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

    Let's hope this does not get reversed on appeal. This Bozo should not be on Dancing with the Stars, but should be dancing with a cellmate for much longer than three years, but it's a good start.

    January 10, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Mary Piercey

    Why does Political Ticker print every quote Sarah Palin says. She is not an elected official, she is a celebrity wannebe who thrives on attention and anyone with respect for their own intelligence and has an IQ above room temperature, doesn't take anything she says seriously. What the hell am I missing here!!!!!!!

    January 10, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Even though I despise Delay and I'm glad he was convicted and sentenced to prison, given the caustic tone of today's politics since he left, I miss his cartoonish behavior. I would much rather have Delay in congress than Michelle Bachmann or the prospect of 3 more minutes of news regarding Sarah Palin.

    January 10, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    the conservative right is always saying how great the American justice system is UNTIL they get convicted then it's because they got an unfair trial and the liberal media was against them. I have to admit here in the red state of Texas I was shocked that DeLay was convicted but it couldn't have happened to a worse Texas congressman. My advice to you Tommy is don't drop the soap in the shower and I'm sure you know what I mean by that!

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

    The judge needed to bring the hammer down on "The Hammer". Three years is not nearly enough for this sleeze.

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

    woahhhh sucks for you

    January 10, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Wayne

    GOP corruption..why let these guys back in office?

    January 10, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Adam

    He has no business being free while his case is appealed.

    January 10, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. RichP, easton, pa

    Time to start looking at the other side because you KNOW they were doing the same thing. Corporations need to have their ability to fund elected and running candidates, it's time the electoral system was returned to the CITIZENS not corporations.

    January 10, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. M. Marsden

    Double standards. The Hammer would have nailed anyone else for the same thing. Glad to see the court isn't playing with a stacked deck.

    January 10, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. hwy911

    Awww... so sad.

    "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."

    Rrright. The bug man did it because he believed it would pay off for him, either politically or financially, or both. It did. Buh bye, Hammer.

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

    Delay is getting what he deserves. His attorney said he did not rob. Not true. He robbed American citizens their right to fair elections. Good riddance!

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

    Let me guess. Tom Delay, a Republican?

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

    I'm so glad that he finally got caught and now will be punished!

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

    When Delay is out of denial and admitting his crime maybe leniency makes more sense. But not yet. Heck it's only three years. It isn't like he stole $500 from a liquor store or anything.

    January 10, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Bob S

    Poor Tom! He's being treated like a normal citizen! HAMMER TIME!!

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

    Humble as usual!

    January 10, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. rcw60

    To bad he broke the law and if it were a regular Joe he would have gotten more time.

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

    This guy should get more than 3 yrs. In my opinion this partisan hack is a detriment to American politics and everyone that was involved in this sceme should lose there right to vote as well.

    January 10, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Paul Ronco

    What an honor to be the first to post on this article. One word: GOOD!

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

    The Washington Post reported that he can get out pending appeal by posting a $10,000 bond, thus he may serve no time. Is it true he got to pick the sentencing judge? Well, now he is free to draw his salary for life pension and to dance his way back home. He probably can draw that pension even in prison.

    January 10, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Mark L.

    Please remember what I have posted before: We, as a nation, really need to stop with all the bickering. Whether you're registered as a liberal / moderate "blue dog" democrat or a conservative / TEA party republican, we as a nation, must stand UNITED and learn to respect each other's views and opinions. If there is disagreement, we need to learn to compromise vs. attack one another. We must stand UNITED; afterall, we are the UNITED States of America, the GREATEST Country on Earth !! Tom Delay was found guilty of money laundering and conspiracy. This is NOT Sarah Palin's fault, this is NOT Rush Limbaugh's fault, this is NOT Nancy Pelosi's fault, this is NOT Harry Reid's fault. Tom Delay committed the offense – no one else. Mr. Delay will pay the price as a result.

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