November 24th, 2010
06:16 PM ET

Tom DeLay convicted in money-laundering trial

A Texas jury on Wednesday convicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on charges of illegally funneling corporate money to help elect GOP candidates to the Texas legislature.

DeLay was found guilty on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering, said jury bailiff Gilbert Soto.

DeLay was charged with illegally funneling $190,000 in corporate money to help elect Republicans to the state House and Senate in 2002. At the outset of the trial, he predicted the jury would clear him.


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  1. anotherGDlefty

    Poor Tommy, his speedy trial to prove he didn't do it didn't exactly work out 8 years later.........

    Smart money says his lawyers will appeal and try to apply the Citizens Untied Supreme Court ruling retroactively.

    Fox Opnion Channel will declare that an activist court conviceted him and that he was just ahead of his time in regards to funneling....ooops, I meant financing campaigns.

    Now on to the sentencing phase. C'mon Texas, surely you have room in a jail for this guy.

    November 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ancient Texan

      There will probably be an appeal that overturns this travesty. Ronnie Earl, corrupt DA in Travis County bragged ahead of time that he was going to bring down a sitting Congressman. He also tried to railroad Kay Bailey Hutchinson, but the case was thrown ou of court. Mr. Earl is guilty of abuse of power for political reasons. He had to take this accusation before several grand juries before he found one willing to indict. A Republican can not get a fair trial in Strong Liberal Austin Texas.

      November 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      I lol'd. Nicely done, Ancient Texan. You could probably write for Sean Hannity, at least until he realized that you were being sarcastic.

      November 24, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. What th?

    Maybe we should try all the ethics offenders in Congress in Texas and get rid of the ethics panel.

    November 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY


      November 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

      I know I said Brilliant Idea, but Congress seems to be able to find fault with Democrats... Maybe we just don't protect our own when they are wrong?

      November 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JChicago

    This verdict shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Representative DeLay is simply following the rule book of the Republican Party. Power is the only goal. Governing is irrelevant.

    November 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cindy Bradley

    Hope this doesn't end with a slap on the wrist.

    November 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marty

    "I AM the government" – Tom DeLay (2003)

    Karma is know.

    November 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. roberto

    Oooooh! Wait, wait, wait, wait!!! I can hear him now when the verdict was read: "Ohhhhhhhh Fuuuuuuudge! But I didn't say 'Fudge'.

    November 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rider

    He wont do 1 day of jail time, he has millions.

    November 24, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. roberto

    There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.
    P. J. O'Rourke

    November 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Desi

    Wonder if Tom will be the pitcher or the catcher while serving time in federal prison.

    Something tells me he's going to be the catcher.

    Don't ya love it when the system works.

    November 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • herbert stamper

      how does the system work genious? did it work for rangel,murtha,dodd,waters,and all the others who are laughing all the way to the bank in our freeloader nation of crooks.
      liberals make me laugh because of their hypocricy. tom deserves what the others deserve,but he will be in more trouble than they because the communist party is not there for him.

      November 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Damn that communist activist judiciary! They're always trying to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids!

      November 24, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gary Mason

    Karl must not realize that crimes that actually have sentencing guidelines, meaning minimum sentences, don't actually apply to rich white politicians. He'll be given a fine and in a year no one will even remember.

    But we will all remember the black politician that was found guilty of ethics violations. Of the one that said the rent was too damn high.

    November 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. herbert stamper

    at least the REAL crooks,Maxine Waters,Dodd,Rangle,and Franks are getting off with slap on the hands. good luck America,the soviet freeloader nation.

    November 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Liberte


    November 24, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bx1111

    Dear Tom DeLay,
    Please kill yourself.
    Sincerely, Everyone

    November 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gil Oberdas

    It should be a conviction of the whole repulsive republican Party of NO.

    November 24, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pw

    Maybe the can fried him; like a fried turkey (lol)

    November 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
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