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.


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soundoff (469 Responses)
  1. Shaun

    @Robb Can't Help but notice you only mentioned the names of Democrats. It's that partisan garbage that turns an objective justice system into a political game. Once justice becomes a political game, no one gets punished because half the country supports them and half does not, regardless of what they did.

    September 19, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. mungo

    To Republicans, it can look like a duck and quack like a duck, but it's an elephant if they say it's an elephant.

    September 19, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. david shoup

    we are all just cannon fodder for politicians and the rich.

    September 19, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Prancercize

    .....................Looking forward to seeing who Obama pardons at the end of the worst 8 years in American History.

    September 19, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Bill

    Money talks!

    September 19, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. John

    This is news? We already know we have the best politicians money can buy. Now, we know the courts can be included in that number.

    September 19, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. OK

    Big surprise.
    Really, it's not like they caught him smoking pot or something like that.

    September 19, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Shocking

    Business as usual in the good ol US of A. If you've got money and connections you can do what ever you want and it won't matter.

    September 19, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Bzarr

    The good news is we havn't had to deal with this piece of garbage for seven years. The bad news is knowing texas this putz will probably be sitting next to former governor sanford in the house in 2015.

    September 19, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. GC

    Listen perhaps he violated the Texas law, maybe he did not, but Obama violates our constitution and my God given natural rights on a daily basis and noone does a thing. And you wonder why we fight for the 2nd ammendment so hard? Because with out the individual right to keep and bear arms all the others would be completely eliminated by Obama and his ilk. If anyone should be charged and Convicted of a crime it would be our current President.

    September 19, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Pam from Iowa

    He is still a criminal and always will be!!!!

    September 19, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. jon

    Nice. What a crock!

    September 19, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Bob the Builder

    I'm pretty sure this this article was meant to be posted in the comic section, not Politics.
    Oh wait, that is the comic section.
    Never mind.

    September 19, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. HurwitzGo

    lmao this country is corrupt top to bottom.

    September 19, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. srcactus

    Not that I condone the activity of the parties, but this was a partisan gottcha and just as well overturned. Dirty tricks play out in either Austin or Washington. Partisan Politics should be a felony when they go this far and cost the citizens because the "boys" play the games that they do.

    September 19, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. LouAZ

    "It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled". Mark Twain.

    September 19, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Truck

    @Prancercize=he better start with his self....

    September 19, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. kensez

    This is the justice you get when you have elected judges. They are not non-partisan. They are politicians. Why even bother with a separate judicial branch if they have to run for office and be elected on a partisan party line? They become nothing more than an extension of the legislature or of the executive. They are not the independent branch that the Framers of the Constitution intended the judiciary to be.

    September 19, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Omar

    Did anybody think this wasn't gonna happen. Just the gool ol boys club helping each other.

    September 19, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Gunderson

    Maybe Hammer come back make you eat your peas. You do like peas no?T hey like Tea in Texas. Sweet Tea. You like Tea right? With Putin Care on Horizion you may have no peas no more. You may have go Texas for job. The Eyes of Texas are Upon You.

    September 19, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Been There Done That

    Land of the brave, home of the free ...
    BRAVE Texas Court overturns a trial court ruling
    FREE to choose who's worth having justice apply to.

    September 19, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Brian

    Travis County is predominantly Democrat. FYI.

    September 19, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Mike G

    CNN: this opinion is not from "the District Court of Travis County, Texas." The trial was held in the district court. The quoted opinion reversing the district court is from the Third Court of Appeals, which happens to sit in Austin, Texas.

    September 19, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. harrisonhits2

    Wonder how much it cost him to bribe his way out ?

    September 19, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. texasgreenacres

    This guy is more crooked than a mountain road.And has more moves than a cheap hula dancer.Is so dirty there's no way to get him clean. A ton of lye soap wouldn't do the job. He bought his way out of prison he was guilty.

    September 19, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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