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. Jim

    Charlie Rangel (D) didnt benefit financially by not reporting and paying taxes on rental income? Not properly divulging the existence of rental properties? Converting a rent controlled apartment in to a campaign office, thus not being required to pay commercial lease rates on campaign space? By using his influence as a member of Congress to not be evicted from his rent controlled space after breaking the terms of the lease like every other tenant who broke their lease? Hmmm

    William Jefferson (D)? Corruption, accepting bribes...

    Maxine Waters (D)? Ethics violations

    Eddie Berniece Johnson (D) – awarded scholarships to her friends and family, violating ethics guidelines and the rules of the foundation.

    The list could go on and on. Are most Dems lemmings taking everything members of their party say at face value?

    November 25, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jusus

    And to thinik of all those inmates that's watched him on dancing with the stars, OH OH bad move Tom

    November 25, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jacob (real republican)

    Again it is pathetic to hear read some of my republican on this blog point the other finger> what about this Dem, what about that Dem. Does that excuse what Tom did? When are we going to stop pointing the finger the other way as if what our republican politician did is excusable. I am probably the only republican here that see a crook and calls him or her a crook no matter what party they belong to. Repubs on this blog should be ashamed and stop the baby cry. The man is a crook, plain and simple and got what is coming to him. It is beyond criminal to excuse and defend what this guy did. If you all want people to see us Republican as good and capable to lead, let us not cry when one of this guys gets busted for financial crime when most us us other republicans are struggling to pay our mortgage.

    November 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PartisanSheep(D)

    Yeah! Make the Republicans pay!! Only my flailing donkeys can break the law and get away with a "censure"!! They're on my team so it's ok. DON'T VOTE INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES if you like things the way they are like I do. 🙂

    November 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PartisanSheep(R)

    Grrr!!... Tom Delay didn't do anything worse than Rangel did, but he gets jail time? Grr.. It's ok as long as they are on my team!!! DON'T VOTE INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES if you like things the way they are like I do. 🙂

    November 25, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pw

    Please don't say the n word on this post. I find it offensive. It just show how ignorant some people are on this post.

    November 25, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pw

    Tom delay deserves what's coming to him. The saying goes what you do in the dark; will eventually come to the light. Tom delay and the state of Texas has always been corrupt, but use religion to hide hyprocrispy.

    November 25, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pw

    Will you teabaggers stop whinning about Tom Delay. He use his position for financial gain and convince two state legislative pasties to gerrymander the district; to elect more conservative phonies to congress. Tom delay and the repubilcan mafia in congress; does not give a damn about you ignorant teabaggers.

    November 25, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pw

    Let the roaches exterminate tom delay; it's their revenge for him killing them. (lol).

    November 25, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kweso

    From Speaker to Jail! Not all that glitters is gold.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. hootowl1992

    Liberal, conservative, progressive, neocon, lefty, righty, religious or atheist.
    Everybody sees themselves in the people they don't like, and what you don't like is what you see of yourself.
    My brother and mom argue all the time and have all my life. Meanwhile, they are the exact same personality, and like most posters, blind to their similarities.

    You people who think the others are the idiots are all like a dysfunctional divorced couple (the lohans) who can't ever shut up because you have to try and find a flaw, or just to hear yourself saying something. The only flaw is the one you have in your dying souls, which turns blacker with each and every insult and accusation.

    Remember the golden rule; Treat others as you would treat yourself. If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.
    Start today, and who cares what someone else says, even if you think they're wrong.
    less

    November 26, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. pw

    Let the roaches exterminate him. You know krama is you know what; it rhymes with witch.

    November 26, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. Emile Zola

    I laugh so loud when people refer to our judicial system as "justice" and to prove my point: The judge overseeing the case, threw out the most serious crimes committed by Delay, because and according to media reports, he was appointed to the bench thanks to Tom Delay's shenanigans and as every ones knows when you scratch my back, I have to scratcfh yours and this is just Miller time or pay back time. Of course, the judge is not that stupid as to throw the whole case when the facts corroborate that Delay is in the same league as Abrahamoff, or whatever his name is and he was convicted, no if, buts about it. Now, if I were Delay's lawyer, I would advise him to appeal the case to the supreme farce where, I'm sure, he will have people who care more for corporations than justice and since he is so much for corporations and the court so politically motivated, well as the coward from Wyoming said: It's a no brainer, he will win and our "democracy" will continue its descend into Hades.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    A GOP blowhard, indicted by a conservative DA, tried in a conservative state, found guilty by a conservative jury but somehow the evil, left-wing press had every thing to do with the conviction? No, Tom, you're a dirt bag and you got caught!!! The former exterminator from Sugar Land (who moved to Woodlands – bigtime $$$), TX is still under the impression that he's a big-time mover and shaker, yet when it hit the fan for him, all his big-time pals fled the scene. Speak volumes, Orkin man!!!

    Oliver North – revisited!

    November 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tater Salad

    Just another one of those typical garden variety Republicans!..........Crooks to the bone, every last one of 'em.........Fry 'em all I say!!!!!! Anybody need a match??

    November 26, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
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