DeLay conviction overturned
September 19th, 2013
11:22 AM ET
11 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. texter K

    What a joke! How much did it cost?

    September 19, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. L Blass

    Haha, he was praying in the House chapel. Perfect PR orchestration for when your buddies overturn your conviction.

    September 19, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. reasonablebe

    since this was on appeal, not at trial, the prosecution should appeal it to the higher court- where it will probably be reinstated.... of course, it is texas, so who knows whether they are even interested.

    a little political sleeziness.

    September 19, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Richard Right

    Was it eight grand juries Dem prosecutor went to before an indictment. With that much hate you or I could have been indicted for something we never did. But it made the Dems happy.

    September 19, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. Madison

    Travesty of injustice. delay was dirty from head to toe. He should rot in prison for the rest of his foul fetid life.

    September 19, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. Josh

    Ok question. I assume he was convicted by a trial of his piers? So a judge can override what the jury has said? Wouldn't he have to go through another trial with a jury? At least that's what it seemed like to me from the read.

    September 19, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. t

    This man represents what is wrong with politics today.

    September 19, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Steve

    Good 'ol Texas justice. He's still slim and filth.

    September 19, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. seafoodwatch

    That was some custom legal work!

    September 19, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Everything"s bigger in Texas, corruption not withstanding.

    September 19, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. Linda Brown

    Everything is bigger in Texas, corruption not withstanding.

    September 19, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Chuck Morton

    What else would you expect from a court in Texas: more backing of the rich and politically connected. This country makes me sick.

    September 19, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. revolting peasant

    As horrible as this guy is, I would rather have him in Congress than the current GOP nutjobs. Delay's priority was wielding power and self-enrichment, not spite.

    September 19, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. arlan haman

    He is guilty of a lot of things as said he emailed me trying to get funds a few years ago . We live in Alaska why did he try us for his greed??????.

    September 19, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  15. Phelix Unger

    So I wonder how dow was given to this judges re-election campaign, or maybe he's the next governor. Yup money doesn't change who you are in the eyes of the law, remember justice is blind.
    Somebody drank the evidence.

    Sick sick sick.

    September 20, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  16. jeff

    The left hates Delay, because he knows how to fight fire with fire. The problem with the House leadership is the there is no tigers like Delay there. Delay knew how to count votes and keep the GOP on message if an important vote came to the floor. He wasn't afraid to deal with recalcitrant Republicans, and he was not afraid to take the fight to where it needed to be, the Democrats.

    September 20, 2013 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  17. Thomas

    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.

    Tom DeLay / Jack Abramoff 2016

    September 20, 2013 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  18. Hawk in Texas

    Well what do you expect from a republican controlled state. all the appeals court judges are republican. and just what was delay doing in washington. he all ready knew the outcome that the republican courts would free him.

    September 20, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
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