DeLay conviction overturned
September 19th, 2013
11:22 AM ET
10 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. Name. G

    Our justice and political systems can be bought big surprise.

    September 19, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. roerunner

    Just pitiful and I'm sure he's just snickering at all his old cronies are fawning all over him again. Makes me want to puke.

    September 19, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. jinx9to88

    Is anyone shocked? Its Texas!!

    September 19, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. mark

    So, guess that 200k got re-channeled to the District Court of Travis County. 3 cheers for government transparency

    September 19, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. John The Electrician

    Texass, "it's like whole different counrty". Do the Mexicans still want it?

    September 19, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Frank

    Another one. He will be back on the campaign trail again soon telling us how great they are. Another Anthony Wiener and Marion Barry twin...

    September 19, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Badly-Bent

    Let me see here, Holder prosecuted (D) Rostenkowski and then dropped the investigation of (R) Delay? Hmmm?

    September 19, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Charles

    Can someone explain to CNN that there is no such thing as "Lone Star state law"? While you're at it, maybe they can be convinced to post the court's justification for overturning the ruling.

    September 19, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Larry in Houston

    LOL – Thanks CNN, for my laugh of the DAY !!! 'ol DeLay must have had 'ol Cruz for his Attorney !!

    September 19, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. ShawnDH

    Well I think we all know Texas "courts" are just wingnut Sharia Law.

    September 19, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Anonymous

    So, the Hammer won't go to the slammer. Disgusting, to say the least.

    September 19, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. semper fi

    The result was the lose of his career.

    September 19, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Stevel

    If he was a democrat he would have gotten 10 years with no appeal

    September 19, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. LessThanZero

    Don't you mean 'best government already bought'?

    September 19, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Mara Tam

    Follow the strings and the money!

    September 19, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Mark of Tennessee

    Well that's President Obama's reason to let Jesse Jackson Jr out as well

    September 19, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. janosian

    Hey Mexico,

    You can have it back.

    September 19, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. dnokc

    Tom has been vindicated from this set up!

    September 19, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. PeteZ

    A Texas court threw out the case against a hard core Conservative? Surprise, surprise!

    September 19, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. dave

    WOW, now the libs DON'T trust the legal system. When things don't go there way, the FIRST thing the libs do is go to the courts, and then appeal, appeal,, appeal. However, when the system clears a republican, it is a shame. How interesting.

    September 19, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Graycrab

    Texas? What a surprise they set another crook loose on, We the People."

    September 19, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. ron

    Had he been a Democrat the charges would not have been filed

    September 19, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Mark of Tennessee

    Money is the reason you can do anything you want in this world... Must be nice

    September 19, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. penguin

    I can't comment on the sufficiency of the evidence because I haven't seen it. Nevertheless, the opinion of a partison judicial system is always suspect

    September 19, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Tim

    I wonder how much that one cost......

    September 19, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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