DeLay conviction overturned
September 19th, 2013
11:22 AM ET
1 year 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. MeinNJ

    Is anyone surprised by this?

    September 19, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. ib4ucy

    For a nation to thrive, there needs to be chaos. Competition comes first to mind. DeLay wins, we lose.

    September 19, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. MrTeflon

    Imagine that a "Texas Court" .. Seriously? Can anyone smell the stink around this?

    September 19, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Sick Rantorum

    The inmates running the madhouse

    September 19, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. jb1963

    Republican criminals saving other republican criminals

    September 19, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. borg

    Change the name to Travisty TX. Money does buy anything.

    September 19, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. bill davis

    Just a small fish in todays world.

    September 19, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. D. Clark

    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.

    September 19, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Ken

    This is not surprising. The legal hacks in Texas looking out for their own.

    September 19, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. hiruu

    Lol...another relic to remind us of what exactly the GOP truly is.

    September 19, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. RandyB

    Must of have bought off the judge....Texas is majorly crooked. I gotta get out of this place!

    September 19, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Not Too Hard To Understand

    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.

    September 19, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Pander Bear

    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.

    September 19, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Uncle Jerry

    I wish I could be surprised. I wonder what party is in control of tx?

    September 19, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. katie

    An ounce of marijuana – 10 years. Multi-million dollar bribes – 0. Sounds fair to me!

    September 19, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. polischticks

    disgusting – corruption is the new standard – not even a surprise

    September 19, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. cacique

    Republican friends are so great to have...when you're in a jam

    September 19, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. jim

    What a suprise!!

    September 19, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. joey

    ah texas, how many innocents have they murdered ?

    September 19, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Tightjumpa

    Texas..................SMH

    September 19, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. crimsoninok

    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.

    September 19, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Harry Cline

    Once again judicial system in America shows who it really works for.

    September 19, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Steve

    Knowing how this country works he will cry on Oprah and then run and win a seat in Congress.

    September 19, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. GubnitSPY

    This country is run (ruined) by thieves.

    September 19, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. eoin12

    What? this is a shock to anyone? Money talks B.S Walks.

    September 19, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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