Jury begins deliberating Tom DeLay money-laundering case
November 22nd, 2010
06:34 PM ET
12 years ago

Jury begins deliberating Tom DeLay money-laundering case

(CNN) - Closing arguments were held Monday in the trial of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who is charged with illegally funneling corporate money to help elect GOP candidates to the Texas legislature.

The case is now in the hands of the jury, according to Travis County District Clerk Director Cindy Guebara.

The Republican was indicted in 2005 on charges that he illegally sent $190,000 in corporate money through the Republican National Committee to help elect GOP Texas legislative candidates in 2002.

DeLay, who resigned in 2006, has pleaded not guilty to money laundering and conspiracy. He has said the trial will clear him.

The defense rested its case Thursday after calling four witnesses, CNN affiliate KVUE reported. The prosecution called more than 30 witnesses, the television station said.

DeLay's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, said the case against his client began over congressional redistricting that gave Republicans control.

DeGuerin tried to get the trial moved to another jurisdiction, arguing that "heavily Democratic" Travis County, Texas, has a "strong anti-Tom DeLay feeling."

But Senior District Judge Pat Priest ruled in August that DeLay will get a fair trial there.

Two other men facing charges in the case will be tried later.

Over the summer, DeLay said a separate, long-running federal criminal investigation of him had been closed with no charges. The U.S. Department of Justice declined to comment on the federal investigation.

DeLay was under investigation for his ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty in 2006 to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. Abramoff admitted defrauding Native American tribal clients of millions of dollars for help in gaining casino licenses.

DeLay said he had informed Abramoff that "our relationship is over" when he learned of Abramoff's plans for casinos aboard cruise ships. He also told reporters that during a visit to a casino on a Choctaw reservation, he was disgusted when he saw a long line of baby carriages lined up while parents were gambling at 11:30 p.m.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Oh Gawd -Travis County - talk about hand-feeding the chickens to the fox !! Crooked republican judges and jurorists being paid off as we speak.

    November 22, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Big Oil country – Bush/Cheney, waterboarding, etc. Nothing gets done to ANY republican politicians in Texas. Is Haliburton running the trial?

    November 22, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |

    DeLay should be tarred, feathered, and hung up by his toenails! This man is so dirty!

    November 22, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. Phoebe

    Innocent till proven guilty. Sleaze till proven otherwise.

    November 22, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Clwyd

    Just more republican crooks. At least he isn't a war criminal like our last president!

    November 22, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    if there is ANY type of justice here in Texas he'll be found guilty..........but this is a RED state so of course he's gonna walk. They made surethat he had an all white jury too. I wonder why.

    November 22, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    He already FLUNKED Dancing with the STARS – Now, maybe he will "Dance Himself to behind BARS!"

    If the glove DON'T FIT – you must ACQUIT!!!! No further comment!

    November 22, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Gene Brady

    Tom Delay is truely the worst of the worst.

    November 22, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |