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O'Keefe reports: "A Texas appellate court has overturned the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) for allegedly scheming to influence Texas state elections with corporate money."

Former U.S. House Majority Leader and GOP heavyweight Tom DeLay. (photo: AP)
Former U.S. House Majority Leader and GOP heavyweight Tom DeLay. (photo: AP)

Tom DeLay Conviction Overturned by Texas Court

By Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post

19 September 13


exas appellate court has overturned the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) for allegedly scheming to influence Texas state elections with corporate money, his attorney told several news organizations early Thursday.

A three-judge panel voted 2-1 to overturn the conviction, calling the evidence "legally insufficient," according to the majority ruling. The decision formally acquits DeLay of all charges, but could still be appealed by the government.

DeLay, 66, was in Washington, meeting with prayer group at a Capitol Hill townhouse, when he heard the news.

"We were all basically on our knees praying and my lawyer calls and says you're a free man," he said.

DeLay was convicted in 2010 for allegedly trying to influence Texas elections by funneling corporate money to various candidates. Prosecutors said that the money helped the GOP win control of the Texas House and that the majority then pushed through a DeLay-organized congressional redistricting plan that sent more Republicans to Congress. Those maps have since been challenged by the Justice Department for unfairly drawing minority communities out of certain districts.

DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison, but has remained a free man while awaiting appeal rulings.

At the Capitol Thursday, DeLay told a group of reporters that he felt vindicated by the judges' decision.

"It's really happy day for me and I just thank the Lord for carrying me through all of this and it really drove my detractors crazy because I had the joy of Jesus in me and they didn't understand it."

He said the legal troubles were hard on his family and called the indictment "an outrageous criminalization of politics."

When asked if he planned to return to the political arena, DeLay said he "never left it" but would "probably not" run for elected office again. "There's too much other things that the Lord wants me to do."

He joked that he could help the House Republicans drum up support for their controversial proposal to keep the government running while simultaneously blocking implementation of Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

"They haven't asked me to, but I could do it," he said.

DeLay's control of the House was legendary, earning him the nickname, "The Hammer," for the dictatorial style with which he commanded House Republicans - and tormented President Bill Clinton and Democrats.

He has rarely been seen in public since the conviction, but last December was spotted lunching with disgraced former superlobbyist Jack Abramoff at a restaurant in Washington. Abramoff was convicted of fraud and corruption stemming in part from his lobbying of DeLay and other House Republicans.

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+43 # Third_stone 2013-09-19 15:42
How did he stay out of prison? Most Americans would have to pursue their appeals from jail.
+26 # geraldom 2013-09-20 00:06
Quoting Third_stone:
How did he stay out of prison? Most Americans would have to pursue their appeals from jail.

The man is as guilty as sin. The evidence was irrefutable. What he did was outright illegal and the reason he got away with murder is the same reason he was able to stay out of jail while he was appealing his conviction, he had a lot of very powerful friends in very high places, including the federal court system, especially after George W. Bush was able to place well over 300+ friends-of-the- Republican-Part y judges onto the federal bench in his eight years as an illegitimate president with the full backing and support of the Senate Democrats.

I would bet you that the two judges that overturned his conviction were appointed by George W. Bush. I'm surprised that it took this long for him to get conviction overturned.

Now take the case against Don Siegelman, the former Democratic governor of Alabama who was accused of trading government favors for campaign donations when he was governor from 1999 to 2003. I'll let you read the story on Wikipedia:

It makes for interesting reading. Obama could have pardoned him because Siegelman was innocent, but Obama threw Siegelman underneath the proverbial bus. He was railroaded into prison because of Karl Rove. What Tom Delay did was much worse, but it appears that Republicans protect their own unlike the Democrats.
+11 # cwbystache 2013-09-20 06:15
Justice DeLayed is justiced denied. I don't know what was the bigger ick factor, the thing that you point out, or the belief of the man (and his friends) that you can "carry everything to God in prayer" and hit the legal jackpot. Which saint was it said, "When you come to God in prayer, you must ask for nothing. NOTHING"?
+6 # Nominae 2013-09-20 18:05
Quoting Third_stone:
How did he stay out of prison? Most Americans would have to pursue their appeals from jail.

A corrupt, white, male, good ol' boy politician from Texas going to jail for political and financial CORRUPTION ? They pin *medals* on those boyz down in Texas.

Perhaps you hit "enter" before that question really sunk in for you. Did you notice that Delay's conviction was overturned by a TEXAS Appellate Court ? I rest my case. :-)

And then for Delay to be seen with ex-convict Jack Abramoff, (who *did* do time FOR the exact same shenanigans he was involved in WITH Delay) is just *too juicy".

The Corruption Cabal Twins are once again hand-in-hand, and are now, of course, considered "Founding Fathers" from the Nineties of the very National Greed, Crime and Corruption Government and Business Models that have become the Gold Standard in the U.S. that we so enthusiasticall y enjoy today.
+6 # rockieball 2013-09-21 06:52
Well let's look at that;
1--He's Republican
2- He's white and he's male and has money
3--Corporate influence
4--Bet the house the two judges who voted for overturning are appointed Republican.
5--He's from Texas and Texas thanks to him is Republican.
6--He stayed out of jail because he was caught giving money to other politicians, not for having an ounce of dope or for dumpster diving in Houston (it's against the law their.)
Other may add to list as they seem fit
+2 # bigkahuna671 2013-09-22 14:07
Not only is dumpster diving illegal in Houston, it's punishable by jail time. How much jail time did Delay get? Oh, that's right, he's a Republifascist and, in Texas, there's no being closer to God than being a Republifascist. Texas - God's country, ask any Texan. Of course, God wouldn't be welcome there unless he was white, had a US birth certificate, and voted fascist!!!
+14 # theory‚Ȇopinion 2013-09-19 21:47
He's upset because his conviction criminalized politics? The sheer hubris. He doesn't have Jesus in his soul, he has the fallen one. He's one of the GOP that inspired a friend of mine to coin the phrase "Republicans hate you and want you dead."
+18 # Skeptical1247 2013-09-19 22:54
Good ol' boy network working its magic. What a crock...
+11 # ishmael 2013-09-19 23:10
A Texas appelate court.

Overturning the conviction of a prominent member of the Christanist White People's Party who was convicted of using money to influence political outcomes - in Texas.

A Texas appeals court.
+21 # Aggie61 2013-09-20 00:17
We know all we need to know. "A Texas Court."
+14 # tigerlille 2013-09-20 02:17
Wonder how much it cost him to get his conviction overturned?
+6 # ishmael 2013-09-20 09:08
Guessing $20-30,000.
+8 # ishmael 2013-09-20 09:22
Only he and the "judge(s)" know. This is Texas and local customs prevail.
+8 # jwb110 2013-09-20 09:56
Free but still a creep.
+7 # lark3650 2013-09-20 10:09
I'm sorry but a man who earned the name of "The Hammer" says enough about his guilt for me. When he said he never left politics, you can be sure he is working the puppets now on the stage. These guys are like bad weeds....they just keep surfacing. But, I believe in the law of reaction ... "good actions lead to good reactions and bad actions lead to bad you give, so you receive.
+10 # reiverpacific 2013-09-20 10:51
Well, what d'you expect from the state called by the late Molly Ivins "The University of Bad Government".
Now he can toddle off and dance with his fellow crooks and psychopaths.
+8 # WBoardman 2013-09-20 12:13
So now we know --
"joy of Jesus in me"
is code for
"no need for a conscience"
+5 # Old Man 2013-09-20 12:46
Come on folks don't get made it's Texas!
We know what Texas is all about, lies, idiots and money. Money talks and Bullshit walks.
+3 # jederfr7 2013-09-20 16:00
A sad day for freedom and a sad day for the people that are wronged by these monsters! He will need to do good cause Hell is where he will end up
+3 # reiverpacific 2013-09-20 18:00
Quoting jederfr7:
A sad day for freedom and a sad day for the people that are wronged by these monsters! He will need to do good cause Hell is where he will end up

He's already there if my few trips to Texas are anything to go by:
he just doesn't know the difference and likely never will.
0 # pompousass 2013-09-22 21:21
This perversion of justice is brought to you by Texas. Several posters seemed stunned that Delay got off and stayed out of jail during the entirety of his appeal.

Well, that's normal down here. If he had been a Democrat he would have been in jail the whole time and then would have lost the appeal.

But here in Texas, if you're a white Republican with the kind of influence Delay has, you are going to be shown every courtesy and then ultimately when enough time has passed will be exonerated. Despite the evidence.

The general thrust of the Texas Appeals court opinion is that the evidence was just not compelling. There is an entire jury that would argue that point but their opinions don't count.

You don't even have to be lawyer to be a Texas Appeals Court judge. They are elective offices and are awarded to the politically connected who are also loyal and reliable.

This was not a legal decision and the decision doesn't even really have to follow the law.

This was purely partisan decision. There were three judges. Two Republicans and one Democrat. The two Republicans voted to overturn. The lone Democrat voted to sustain the conviction.

Texas is one of the most blatantly corrupt states in the Union.

Without a federal intervention, which is not going to happen, Delay is a free man without a criminal record.

Everyone knows he violated the law. But that's not important in Texas.

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