'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. Mrs. Arleme Machado Banos

    It's about time that he was sentenced ... and it should have been a longer sentence. We elect our officials and expect them to be honest and do a good job for us. And, like Tom DeLay, to be so corrupt is unconscionable and not acceptable.

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

    May he enjoy it...without lube.

    January 10, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. C602206

    Awesome. Tome DeLay is a nothing more than a corrupt, power hungry, position abusing, sleazebag. He should not get a lenient term at a federal resort prison, he should have to go to Federal POUND HIM IN THE A$$ prison.

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

    Oh, so DeLay's lawyers think it's ok to break the law as long as you are doing it "because he believes in conservative values."? He has not suffered enough. Three years in jail is a fair term, although he should be required to start serving it immediately.

    January 10, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Bob Lees

    Ahh shucks, couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

    January 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. felix

    I heard that Beck and Limbaugh will get rotating conjugal visits every other Friday.

    January 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Regina

    Cry me a river.

    January 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Michael in Houston

    3 years in the "slammer" for the so called "hammer". Tom Delay is as corrupt and toxic as they come. A former bug exterminator that thinks he is so tough. He is not. He is a slippery punk that thinks he is the alpha dog. He is not. And getting on DWTS and prissy footing his way on that show demonstrates what a limp little toad he is.
    Throw this punk away and lose the key. He is a criminal.
    I want to see tape of him begging the judge for leniency.

    January 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Saddle Up Texas

    A little advice for 'the hammer';

    DON'T DROP THE SOAP!

    LOL!

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

    I wonder who he'll be "dancing" with now......every second of the sentence is so well-deserved.

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

    aww boohoo.... got caught with ur hand in the cookie jar.

    January 10, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Roger

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

    Like deception and rule-breaking?

    January 10, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. whoa!

    oh boy, I didn't see that part.... His attorney says he didn't line his pockets, he did it because he believes in "conservative values". Oh, conservative values... like breaking the law, and doing whatever you damn well please? He couldn't have described Republican Conservatives and their mentality any better, thank you..

    Tomboy, you're going to have lots of time in the next three years to become a "born again" citizen and learn what "democratic values" are, and that it is your duty as a citizen is to uphold them for the right for living in this country. Maybe you can also thank and pray for the millions of people that have given their lives to create and maintain this democracy????

    January 10, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Bill P

    "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."

    Violating election law is not only a CONservative value it is standard operating procedure!

    January 10, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Nancy

    Big shocker that he gets to stay out of prison on bail while awaiting his appeal. What a crock!! If that was you or me, we'd be witting in prison serving our sentence! DeLay doesn't have a clue what right and wrong are. It's an example of the screwed up ethics of a lot of our elected officials in Washington. He will go to his grave thinking HE's the victim, when it's the public that is a victim of his lies and political deceptions. It's disgusting!

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

    Great values. Go, Republicans!

    January 10, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. R.Williams

    He broke the law, now he has to face the consequences. It doesn't matter if he thought he was doing it for 'conservative values', especially since those values are supposed to believe heavily in Law and Order.

    January 10, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Rick D

    Looks like the judge has a bigger hammer.

    January 10, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Nancy

    Ooops! I meant "sitting" in prison!

    January 10, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. ketsui

    Yeah this guy did it because he wanted to support conservative values he says. So conservative values include breaking the law and using any means necessary to get your people in office including sending people to shoot the opposition?

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

    Of *course* the judge let DeLay out while he files an appeal. That's what Texas judges *always* due – no matter if the convicted criminal (and he *is* a convicted criminal) is white, black, brown, red.

    Oh, wait. This is Texas, right? Forget the black, brown and red part...

    January 10, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Chuck in Jasper, Ga.

    What a crock.. "did what he did because he believes in conservative values".. He did what he did because he wanted to manipulate the outcome of the elections. He did it because he thought he was powerful enough that he could disregard campaign finance law and nothing could be done about it. He was arrogant during the whole process and his lack of remorse for his actions, but rather feigning vicim status, shows it has not been replaced. He is still arrogant, but now he is also a convicted felon.. Boo hoo.

    January 10, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Loren

    So, "conservative values" is a code phrase meaning "I'll break the law if it'll help my friends get ahead?"

    Wonderful.

    January 10, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    conservative values . . . like fraud? and breaking campaign finance laws which were put in place to ensure that we have democratic elections that aren't dominated by special interests? right . . .

    January 10, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. I want my country back

    He BROKE THE LAW because he believed in 'conservative values'? Sorry Mr DeLay, you buried yourself, no one else did. But thanks you for being a shining example of whats wrong with 'conservative values'

    January 10, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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