(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.
Texas is an unmitigated disgrace to the rest of the United States... We SHOULD let it secede... Then we should invade it.
I agree wholeheartedly, but don't forget Florida.
I wonder how many of those judges may of gotten some of that GOP Trickle Down Campaign Economics. Sad how these people abuse a good justice System. I reckon if your in DC
"Its only illegal if you get caught"
Or don't buy a bunch of appellate judges.
Is this the Texas way?
Why don't Texans get 'em straight?
Just another politician getting away with things he shouldn't have.
"by a court in Texas"
Well, there's your explanation right there.
"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."
Well now we know why there aren't any Atheists in Congress, and who God is really looking out for!
Let's remember our wonderful VP who copied 5 pages of judicial decision as a law student. Then when he was caught several years later the law board in Delaware forgave him. His excuse... I didnt know I had to cite sources. Yeah right. Did he skip college English and high school English? Of course when you have a Democratic Senator in a Democratic state, all is forgiven. Is this any different than what happened in TX? NO
Awwww, he was praying in the chapel, he hadn't started his 3-yr prison term yet, and suddenly, oh miracle, his sentence is overturned, by a court in ... get this... Texas.....
I am so glad one of the meanest republican vipers got off the hook, now he can continue being a lobbyist.. How many people do they have in prison for minor traffic violations, death row inmates in Texas anybody?
Thank Willy that Tom delay got off. There is still real justice out there.. oh my oh my
Texas. Need more be said?
Well I guess there's a Travis County Tex-iss District Court judge who has political aspirations and knows how raise $$$-just like all Tex-iss politics, this stinks of political favors. Damned shame...it used to be hard to hijack states like Tex-iss.
Now let's us just wait and see what TED CRUZ does for TEXAS now!!!! We have had "GW" who hid behind his family's GOP connection and fast-forwarded to becomming Presildent when he wasn't even qualified to be one. Then there's Perry who's been SO INFLUENCED by the likes of the Bush's Texas GOPs, that he's not what he's being made out to be. Just another dumb politician who tries to be somebody by the coattails of the "Tea Party"..
'God, please watch over my country, my family....ring, ring....Hold on God, I have to take this....."
The whole thing was nothing more than trumped up charges from a Demwit Prosecutor going outside the law. Kinda like BO.
I guess if Hillary is walking free then this guy should too. Or better yet lock them both up.
Our entire government is run by money-hungry bandits. They say some of the "3rd World Countries" are corrupt.....we just have more $$$ to fight over, and the criminals wear nice suits!!!
HUH !!!??? He should be jailed for life. I am an independent leaning right but this man is a disgrace to any and all political parties.... Remember his nick name, "THE HAMMER"...he is a rotten bully and has no right being out of jail...
Delays just another GOP slug who has stolen as much as he could from the taxpayers of Texas and the stupid GOP voters gave him a pass while he steals from them,but what else would you expect from the GOP party of stupid voters. Delays the originators of gerrymandering and vote rigging and should be excuted
Once again, a technicality trumps justice. In this country, the court system is a game where justice has no place, fairness has no voice, and morality is left at the door. All you need to do is play the game better than your opponent, and you prevail. It's not a system of justice; it's a big game that rewards high-priced attorneys for selling their souls.
So we're supposed to care that he shopped around for a judge to overturn the conviction? He's still a CONVICT, still a CRIMINAL.
Not even enough decency to turn off his phone in church.
I can' t say I'm surprised – this is Texas after all and Delay is an in-crowd Republican. What does surprise me is that an appellate court can rule that the "evidence is insufficient to sustain a guilty verdict". Questions of law, yes. Questions of procedure, yes. But overturning the people who actually heard the case with a second hand opinion on what they heard? Glad I don't live there, gladder still that my kids didn't have to go to skule there.
It was for violating a Texas law that he was convicted. The Federal government took a pass on filing any charges so comments about Texas being the problem are unsupported. Texas convicted him and then Texas overturned the conviction. No one else did anything.
Keep in mind , that judge is in his job probably thanks to him , he is a corrupt politician, but then again a court in Texas decided .
Now the exterminator can join with the tea partiers in keeping John Boehner under "House arrest" as they prepare to shut down the government.
Well, it's Texas. I guess we shouldn't be surprised. They can execute folks with very questionable proof...but this guy is special, so the rules are different for him.