(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.
Is anyone surprised by this?
For a nation to thrive, there needs to be chaos. Competition comes first to mind. DeLay wins, we lose.
Imagine that a "Texas Court" .. Seriously? Can anyone smell the stink around this?
The inmates running the madhouse
Republican criminals saving other republican criminals
Change the name to Travisty TX. Money does buy anything.
Just a small fish in todays world.
Give me a break, Delay was a leading Republican in the House and prosecuted by a state prosecutor that wanted to bring down any and all the Republicans he could, BTW, the prosecutor was a liberal Democrat. This was malicious prosecution pure and simple. It stinks when your powerful position gets you prosecuted simply you are in the public eye.
This is not surprising. The legal hacks in Texas looking out for their own.
Lol...another relic to remind us of what exactly the GOP truly is.
Must of have bought off the judge....Texas is majorly crooked. I gotta get out of this place!
Once again, there's one legal system for the rich and powerful, and another legal system for the rest of the populace.
And for the record, Delay is one crummy dancer.
Looks like he finally found the right people to bribe. Stay tuned for a melodramatic and teary eyed speech about the trials and tribulations he's gone through and how he feels the only way to redeem his good name is to run for Government office again.
I wish I could be surprised. I wonder what party is in control of tx?
An ounce of marijuana – 10 years. Multi-million dollar bribes – 0. Sounds fair to me!
disgusting – corruption is the new standard – not even a surprise
Republican friends are so great to have...when you're in a jam
What a suprise!!
ah texas, how many innocents have they murdered ?
This all started because a liberal Prosecutor in Bexar country went after Delay.. Clearly the evidence that this is a political witchhunt our weighed the evidence that he broke the law.. Did he break the law? I bet he did.. Did this come about because a liberal was on a witchhunt? Im pretty sure it did. so in the end, both sides get what they deserve. He is out of congress and the prosecutor lost the case.
Once again judicial system in America shows who it really works for.
Knowing how this country works he will cry on Oprah and then run and win a seat in Congress.
This country is run (ruined) by thieves.
What? this is a shock to anyone? Money talks B.S Walks.