DeLay conviction overturned
September 19th, 2013
11:22 AM ET
7 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.


Filed under: Tom DeLay
soundoff (469 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Business as usual. Check out HOT COFFEE on netflix.
    See how well placed $ buys you a GET OUT OF JAIL free card.
    Justice in Texas, Show me the money!

    September 19, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    Good. Although DeLay can still be brought up on federal charges, I think the threat of them would be a more powerful tool to use to keep him out fo politics forrever. Turn DeLay into the poster child for right wing skullduggery if he so much as attends a political fund raiser, much less even consider running for pubilc office again.

    September 19, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Mark of Tennessee

    He will run again and be elected again

    September 19, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Yvette

    Garbage in, garbage out.

    September 19, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Ryebread

    I'm going to actually read the pleadings and rulings before rendering an opinion.

    September 19, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "TX Appeals Court"

    Raise your hand if you were at all surprised by this nonsense. I'd call them activist judges but that's giving them too much credit.

    September 19, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. JoeBlack

    This whole thing was just another huge waste of taxpayers dollars. Our congressmen and senators (both democrats and republicans) arrive in Washington newly elected and then leave a few years later as millionaires.

    We just need to accept that all politicians are crooks and move on.

    September 19, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. scarf

    Now he can get a high-paying gig with Fox News.

    September 19, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Nina

    Wonder how much that cost DeLay. I can smell the corruption from here.

    September 19, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Rudolf Rocker

    Ostensibly a representative republic under rule of law. In actuality a plutocracy under corporate feudalism. Disgusting.

    September 19, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. noteasilyswayed

    Is anyone surprised by this? Another corrupt GOP politician gets away with illegal acts, because a group of GOP judges decide to have his conviction overturned. The "good ole boys" network is alive and well in the state of Texas. He will now become a Fox News contributor... LOL

    September 19, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. sly

    Texas isn't part of America anyway – their bozo Governor said they would seceed from the Union if a black man was elected. We are all waiting for this great day.

    Wow, talk about corruption – they should rename the state 'Enron' and name Ken Lay as Governor.

    September 19, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Hannover

    Hey imagine that! A politician charged with 'channeling money' somehow gets off scott free! Wonder how that happened?

    September 19, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. kirby

    Judge Goodwin was fined $2,050 in June 2011 by the Texas Ethics Commission for accepting a "loan". A judge guilty of campaign finance illegalities ruling on campaign finance illegalities. Really, you can't make this stuff up.

    September 19, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. torchred89

    The whole country has gone to a three tier system. Our medical system and our judicial system. One for the rich. One for the working class and one for the poor.

    September 19, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. BK Moore

    Wow. I can't believe he got off – I guess it pays to kiss the Bush family's collective butts.

    September 19, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Wake up People!

    Who didn't see THIS coming?

    To Tom I. Thanks for the wonderful compliment. I love it when complete strangers think they know me. But if you like my anger you will love the vicious hatred directed toward our duly elected POTUS, his wife and even their children. You come here and try to call us angry while completely ignoring the nasty hatred and vitriol from your side. Typical GOP hypocrite hiding behind the title independent.

    September 19, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "The whole country has gone to a three tier system. Our medical system and our judicial system. One for the rich. One for the working class and one for the poor."

    Well, that pretty much explains what has the GOP/Teatrolls' puppetmasters so angry. They want a one-tier system...one for the rich and none for anyone else.

    September 19, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Cinman

    Friends take care of friends.

    September 19, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Michele

    Money (and the fright wing) talks again.

    September 19, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Abbey

    Did the hammer just drop one on his Democrat foes. Pay back is you know what now.

    September 19, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. dave

    @ron – You are absolutely correct. Lots of cases to support you comment.

    September 19, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    This conviction was controversial from the start.But the perps had to be satisfied so the conviction. What Delay did was Freedom of Speech and now the Supreme Court has so ruled in another case. Allowing Corporations to give to those running for office. It appears some posting here only want their freedom's to be allowed but not other's.

    September 19, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. VJ

    Until we take out money out of politics, this type crimes will be over turned. In turn if a person consumed Marijuana for the first time, he would get 30 yr term. What a world we live in?????

    September 19, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. mikeinthevine

    Best legal system money can buy. He should hook up with OJ. A couple of criminals who worked the system.

    September 19, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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