'The Hammer' to the slammer
January 10th, 2011
03:35 PM ET
11 years ago

'The Hammer' to the slammer

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - A Texas judge is sending "The Hammer" to prison. Former Republican leader Tom DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after a jury found him guilty of money laundering and conspiracy.

DeLay emotionally asked the judge for leniency. "I've lost my right to vote. Just because someone disagrees with you, it's not enough, they have to bury you, throw you in jail." DeLay arrived at the Austin courthouse in good spirits earlier today jokingly telling reporters he "had a date with the judge today." During his days in Congress, he earned the nickname "The Hammer."

DeLay was found guilty in November of a campaign-finance scheme that funneled $190,000 in corporate donations through his Texas-based PAC to the Republican National Committee, and then into the campaign coffers of seven Republicans running for the Texas Legislature. By Texas law, corporate money is illegal.

"Mr. DeLay has suffered enough. He lost it all already." said DeLay's attorney, Dick DeGuerin. "He did not rob, he did not line his own pockets. He did what he did because he believes in conservative values."

The judge will allow DeLay to post a $10,000 bond while his case is being appealed. DeGuerin says DeLay is posting bond and will be released soon.

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soundoff (295 Responses)
  1. gt

    good now make room of rangel, frank and waters....

    January 10, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Katie

    Woo hoo!!! It's a very happy day here in Houston.

    I'm hoping he gets a nice 350 pound cellmate named bubba – and when they "play house" the hammer gets to play momma.

    January 10, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. AK

    This is wonderful! Rot in jail DelAY

    January 10, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Brian SoFla

    This is awesome news! Finally justice is being served! Hope he rots in jail.

    January 10, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. grrace

    Wow. Three whole years? That's it? He should been held to a higher standard and gotten 10.

    January 10, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Squigman

    Another troublemaker republican, shown up for what he really is. Just another liar, in the game for his own agrandizement, and wealth accumulation.

    January 10, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Billy J in Texas

    Well done. Wish this would have happened much earlier. It would have saved our country a lot of money and acrimony.

    January 10, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. todd

    Hey Delay, how is that permanent majority thingy working out for you? Don't drop the soap.

    January 10, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Boiseguy

    Frankly I am surprised that he only got three years. This man violated the public trust, his oath as a Representative and his duty as an American. Why isn't there an enhanced penalty for committing offenses while in office? Guys like him are the reason I am always asked when I go overseas: "How much does a Congressman cost these days?" Shame on him and shame on the Congress for not acting sooner.

    January 10, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. jerseylou

    DeLay,tell big Bubba and little Leroy i said Hi. And btw don't drop the soap while Showering !

    January 10, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. payback

    ....What, only atleast three years.......that's not, Texas justice.......

    January 10, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. mike

    another one bites the dust

    January 10, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Harry

    ONLY 3 years? This guy should get the chair!

    January 10, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. what a turd

    couldn't have happened to a more deserving person

    it would be better if he didn't go to country club prison, but that is too much to hope

    Mr. Delay, I am smiling at your misfortune

    January 10, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Kurtis

    Wow, justice prevailed and the "Hammer" got hammered! Way to go judge!

    January 10, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Beth

    Couldn't have happened to a nicer person!

    January 10, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    DeLay is getting off easy, considering his involvement in the sweatshop labor he's tied to in the Mariana Islands. Do a quick Internet search on "DeLay Mariana Islands" and you'll get an idea of just was a scumbag DeLay is.

    January 10, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Dennis from Philly

    Looks like old Tom will be getting a new dance partner.

    January 10, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. trainwreck

    in shock on this one...doubt its long enough to be considered true justice...i guess we'll see how long till he calls in a favor and gets pardoned

    January 10, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Kerry

    Delay was a powerful politician and a corrupt one to boot. He has got what he deserved, and I hope he is sentenced not to a resort prison, but does hard time with other more dangerous criminals. What goes around came around for him. Good riddance.

    January 10, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. DanteX


    Tom DeLay is GARBAGE. It is unfortunate that the taxpayer will not have to foot the bill for his board and food and upkeep for the next three years.

    January 10, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Phil

    Wow, "The Hammer" is going to the Slammer. Bet he doesn't spend a day in jail.

    January 10, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Dan Stewart

    Delay represents all that is wrong with the political system in the US.
    He is a disgrace and 3 years seems far to short for this cockroach, I hope he recieves some proper prison justice during his 3 years.

    January 10, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. James Mason

    Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

    January 10, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Marc

    My former Congressman. A well-deserved end for a corrupt, power-grabbing partisan. DeLay abused the power he had, and those who excused him for many years should be embarassed by their support for him, but most of them are too single-minded to notice his corruption. I wonder if he'll send some more smiling, autographed mugshots to his fans from prison?

    January 10, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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