DeLay conviction overturned
September 19th, 2013
11:22 AM ET
10 months ago

DeLay conviction overturned

(CNN) – Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's conviction on money laundering charges was overturned Thursday by a court in Texas.

DeLay, who was once one of the most powerful men on Capitol Hill, was convicted in 2010 for allegedly trying to influence Texas elections by trying to channel nearly $200,000 in corporate donations to Republicans running for the state legislature, which is prohibited by Lone Star state law. Delay, who served more than two decades in the House before resigning in 2006, was sentenced to three years in prison.

"Because we conclude that the evidence was legally insufficient to sustain DeLay's convictions, we reverse the judgments of the trial court and render judgments of acquittal," said an opinion from the District Court of Travis County, Texas.

DeLay was visiting Capitol Hill on Thursday. He was praying in the House chapel when his phone rang and his lawyer told him the news, a source close to DeLay told CNN.

DeLay then headed over to lunch with his former colleagues in the Texas delegation at their weekly lunch.

"He said he felt vindicated," Rep. Randy Neugebauer told CNN as he left the lunch.

The U.S. Department of Justice ended its own investigation of Delay in 2010 without filing any criminal charges against the former congressman. He has been free on bail pending appeal of his conviction.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


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soundoff (468 Responses)
  1. Winston Smith

    What a crock. Anyone else would have been incarcerated so far into the system, they'd never see daylight again.

    September 19, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. rs

    Pretty funny result for a state that can and will give you a life sentance for steeling sneakers, or put you to death on faulty evidence, or because of a failed trial.

    September 19, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. ps

    What shock!!!

    September 19, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. doasisay

    If you are the right color and have the right amount of money, you can get away with it in Texas.

    September 19, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. mikeymo74

    Sounds like all the bribes finally paid off. He just had to wait for it to get to a high enough level.

    September 19, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Mopery

    The United States of America: The best government that money can buy!

    September 19, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. cedaly1968

    God our legal system is totally rigged...

    September 19, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Dave

    Again Texas SE Big Oil influence and money, just as it was back in the days of the corrupt political ladder climbing and administration of LBJ.

    September 19, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. jim

    Another snake gets away................

    September 19, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Brian

    Right....... Didn't see that coming.... After all it is Texas....

    September 19, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. larry

    hopefully he will sue the democrats who brought the charges

    September 19, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. papa smurf

    a Texas court, need I say more ...

    September 19, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Dave

    Read a book titled "A Texan looks at Lyndon" and make up your own mind.

    September 19, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. tanthonyS

    How pathetic. Yet another example of what is wrong with our Country, is now a free man.

    September 19, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. dnokc

    The TRUTH set him FREE!

    September 19, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Dennis

    Nice to be powerful.

    September 19, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. jh93989

    Looks like he funneled some of that money in to a judges pocket as well.

    September 19, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Douglas

    @Winston... not to worry, a guy like DeLay can do much more harm to his party if he's not in prison. He epitomizes the old guard like no other and this is the very reason they lost the last two presidential elections.

    September 19, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Dan

    Texas...where the GOP rules and citizen rights don't exist. It's corporations and politicians that run Texas.

    September 19, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Dave

    Read a book published in the 1950's called A Texan Looks At Lyndon, and make up your own mind who influences and supports the corruption in Washington DC.

    September 19, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Rosslaw

    At least now he can go back to exterminating bugs.

    September 19, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Drew

    Surprise surprise!

    September 19, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Andrew B

    I'm not surprised. There is zero accountability what it comes to corporate fraud. These guys are running the country. Democracy as we know it is dead. All hail corporate.

    September 19, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. MC

    Proof that even blatant corruption is given a free pass in Texas as long as you are white.

    September 19, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Pop

    Courts and constitution are really in the way of liberals.

    September 19, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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