(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.
Our justice and political systems can be bought big surprise.
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.
Is anyone shocked? Its Texas!!
So, guess that 200k got re-channeled to the District Court of Travis County. 3 cheers for government transparency
Texass, "it's like whole different counrty". Do the Mexicans still want it?
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...
Let me see here, Holder prosecuted (D) Rostenkowski and then dropped the investigation of (R) Delay? Hmmm?
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.
LOL – Thanks CNN, for my laugh of the DAY !!! 'ol DeLay must have had 'ol Cruz for his Attorney !!
Well I think we all know Texas "courts" are just wingnut Sharia Law.
So, the Hammer won't go to the slammer. Disgusting, to say the least.
The result was the lose of his career.
If he was a democrat he would have gotten 10 years with no appeal
Don't you mean 'best government already bought'?
Follow the strings and the money!
Well that's President Obama's reason to let Jesse Jackson Jr out as well
You can have it back.
Tom has been vindicated from this set up!
A Texas court threw out the case against a hard core Conservative? Surprise, surprise!
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.
Texas? What a surprise they set another crook loose on, We the People."
Had he been a Democrat the charges would not have been filed
Money is the reason you can do anything you want in this world... Must be nice
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
I wonder how much that one cost......