DeLay conviction overturned
September 19th, 2013
11:22 AM ET
5 years 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.

Filed under: Tom DeLay
soundoff (468 Responses)
  1. TheoldChief

    I'm shocked! Certainly didn't see this coming. Let's see...big money + big politics = no accountablity. Go figure.

    September 19, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. kirk

    Well rick Scott is the governor of Florida, and guilty as sin. Largest Medicaid fraud EVER!! Now the gop superpac puppet. Just watch how ridiculous this voter thing will get. To the gop voters of American, you voted them in not me

    September 19, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. justbeamensch

    Like to see the paper trail on this piece of judicial creativity. This red neck shyster is just one of many Texas thugs and their friends who are a cancer on this country.

    September 19, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Nino

    USA: the best country money can buy!!!

    September 19, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. JJB

    Does anything good come out of Texas?

    September 19, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Dave

    No big surprise here. Wonder how much the judge was paid to drop the matter.

    September 19, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Four Two

    Big surprise here......some big shot gets his way.....God bless America.

    September 19, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Zeibodique

    No suprise at all. Red State, Red Runner, $$$$$. I'm suprised for the delay of action to Delay. Welcome to the haves of the United States. If you were a have not, you would never be heard from again.

    September 19, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. lewtwo

    No big surprise ... what is expected when every major politician in the state is under his thumb.

    September 19, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. D jones

    So Chief;
    You got your law degree where ?

    September 19, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Phattee

    BREAKING NEWS: Texas crooks exonerate fellow Texas crook.

    September 19, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. lanray

    Notified while "praying" in the chapel confuse me - I'm sure Mr. Delay has been assured of a seat next to St. Peter as well. Good ole Texas politics!

    September 19, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Ancient Texan

    No one find the fact a crooked DA in a DIM stronghold rigged the "evidence" to bring down a sitting Congressman that the DA felt was too powerful and hurting the DIM's cause and railroaded an innocent man WRONG?

    September 19, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Martin curry

    I'm shocked!!! A texas republican accused of illegal money laundering has verdict overturned by Texas court??? No wayyyyyyyyy! Thank the Texas oil god of greased pockets!!!

    September 19, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Democrat Party = Organized Crime = Democrat Party

    I hope Delay can now sue the person and organization that persued this politically motivated debacle. He should be able to collect his lawyer costs as well as damages to his reputation. It is the only way to stop this abuse of office by the Democrats.

    September 19, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Larry

    Justice ia ALWAYS for those that can afford it . It helps to have powerful political contacts and friends in high places. Just the usual bullshit out of TEXASS

    September 19, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. 1uniquemonique

    Not surprising. Considering he's a Texan and a southerner.

    September 19, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Church of Suicidal

    Ah, Texas. Open containers, gun racks, and corrupt, d0uche canoe politicians....

    September 19, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Troglodytes Entertaining All

    Texas is an unmitigated disgrace to the rest of the United States... We SHOULD let it secede... Then we should invade it.

    September 19, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Dan

    Cirminal politicians get off more often than not. No wonder cynacism against politicians runs so deep in this country.

    September 19, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Evelyn Connaway

    That's Texas – If you've got the money honey, you don't have to do the time. Yes this has happened in both political parties. We have had corrupt, greedy, power hungry politicians in both parties. In every state in the United States. Some have serviced time – but not many. The most interesting group of corrupt, greedy, power hungry, evil men and politicians, Check out the background, history and ancestors of the George Herbert Walker Bush family, Pull all this info up on Google. There are thousands of articles which give you the facts – not opinions – plus many books have been written about them. It is really interesting from the 1900 hundreds on. Some had their assets ceased, but none ever convicted or served any time. But the evil part started with GHWB and friends, then family members in the 1950's and has continued on. Like a Octopus with its long slimy tentacles in every part of government corrupting everything they touched and our country, while pretending to be upright moral citizens!

    September 19, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. A J

    It goes to show that judges are politicians who only think of their own hides when it comes to ruling on cases. It's a sad day when we see that the US justice system has the best system of justice that money can buy. Whatever happened to 'Justice is Blind'? Oh yeah, I remember now. One of DeLay's cohorts, John Ashcroft, ordered the partial covering of the figure of Justice when he was Attorney General.

    September 19, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. G Bush

    Some people ARE above the law!

    September 19, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. cel1

    a shame and a disgrace and he calls himself a Christian. he was [raying when the verdict came down. I am ashamed to be a member of any church.

    September 19, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. MoreGuns

    GLORIOUS! Along with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison; one of the greatest PATRIOTS in our nation's history! Let's start it here; TOM DELAY FOR PRESIDENT 2016. Let's bring PURE RIGHTEOSNESS back to our nation's capitol!

    September 19, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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