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Ex-US House leader DeLay says conviction overturn means liberals failed

Posted by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM
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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Thursday that the left and liberals "didn't accomplish their goal" after a Texas appeals court overturned his money laundering conviction, saying there was insufficient evidence.

The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 ruling that it decided to "reverse the judgments of the trial court and render judgments of acquittal." DeLay was found guilty in November 2010 of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for helping illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

He was sentenced to three years in prison, but his sentence was on hold while his case made its way through the appellate process.

Speaking to Fox News at the U.S. Capitol in Washington shortly after the decision was announced, the Texas Republican said. "It's times like these people like to say they have a burden removed from their shoulders. I can't say that. I didn't have a burden on my shoulders. Jesus had the burden. That got me through it."

He added, "the left and liberals may think they won the war. They didn't accomplish their goal. Bankrupt you. Destroy you. And then jump on your grave."

Calling the ruling "powerful," he said it "criticizes the prosecutors and the judge. They abused the system and the judiciary."

A jury in Austin had determined that DeLay conspired with two associates, John Colyandro and Jim Ellis, to use his Texas-based political action committee to send a check for $190,000 in corporate money to an arm of the Washington-based Republican National Committee. The RNC then sent the same amount to seven Texas House candidates. Under state law, corporate money cannot be given directly to political campaigns.

Prosecutors said the money helped the GOP take control of the Texas House, enabling them to push through a DeLay-engineered congressional redistricting plan that sent more Republicans to Congress in 2004, strengthening his political power.

But in a 22-page opinion, the appeals court said prosecutors "failed in its burden to prove that the funds that were delivered to the seven candidates were ever tainted."

Gregg Cox, the Travis County prosecutor whose office convicted DeLay, did not immediately return a phone message Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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candlegal
by Judy on Sep. 20, 2013 at 7:50 AM
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'The Hammer' makes triumphant return to House floor after his acquittal

By Emily Goodin and Russell Berman - 09/19/13 06:48 PM ET

Former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) made a celebratory return to his old stomping grounds on the House floor Thursday after seeing his criminal conviction overturned in court.

The former majority leader, whose 2010 conviction for money laundering was tossed out on Thursday morning, was in the lower chamber during the close vote on legislation that would cut $39 billion from food stamps.

Fifteen Republicans defected during the food-stamp vote, but there was no sign "The Hammer" — which was DeLay's nickname for his hard-charging style of leadership — was lending a hand with his famous whipping skills.

"He was just happy to be out there," said Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas), who now holds DeLay's old House seat.

Escorted by a fellow Texan, Rep. John Carter (R), and smiling widely, DeLay received congratulatory handshakes and hugs from more than a dozen Republican House members, including Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), as he made his way across the chamber.

But don't take it as a sign DeLay is making a political comeback.

"He's promised he won't run against me, so he's retired," Olson said with a smile.


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by Pepperlynn on Sep. 20, 2013 at 8:05 AM
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No. It means the almighty dollar won. Texas is good at freeing the bad guys. Wonder what kind of tricks he did for release
Della529
by Matlock on Sep. 20, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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 He might have skated through the human judicial process, but he has another one to face in the future.

snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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He's such a smarmy guy.  Because his conviction was overturned, in no way means he's not guilty.  That guy creeps me out

Kate_Momof3
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM
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 Liberals failed? No. Our system failed. Judges aren't impartial anymore. Everyone has an agenda and everyone can be bought. This just proves that point.

idunno1234
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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 I actually looked into the idea that his acquital was bought somehow.  It just seemed so fishy to me because if you read what the slimeball did, there was no doubt as to his guilt.  He was barely denying it at the time, simply tried to put a different spin on his actions which very clearly skirted the laws.  Yet now after all this time and money, with only a non explanation cited as a reason, this is overturned.

Hey candle, you want to put this guy up as a shining example of your party, feel free.  No surprise there.


Quoting Kate_Momof3:

 Liberals failed? No. Our system failed. Judges aren't impartial anymore. Everyone has an agenda and everyone can be bought. This just proves that point.


 

krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Sep. 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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Gross. What a skeezy asshole.
lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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And...is this something you're proud of? Or did the words 'liberal' and 'failed' in the same sentence just send you into a tizzy that you had to post this?

candlegal
by Judy on Sep. 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM
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This was nothing but a witch hunt to begin with.   5 grand juries refused to bring charges and they finally found a 6th one that agreed to bring charges on the day before the statute of limitations was up.  He was acquitted because of many reasons, first he didn't do anything illegal.

The Dems wanted him out of the way in a really bad way.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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Calling the ruling "powerful," he said it "criticizes the prosecutors and the judge. They abused the system and the judiciary."

A jury in Austin had determined that DeLay conspired with two associates, John Colyandro and Jim Ellis, to use his Texas-based political action committee to send a check for $190,000 in corporate money to an arm of the Washington-based Republican National Committee. The RNC then sent the same amount to seven Texas House candidates. Under state law, corporate money cannot be given directly to political campaigns.

Prosecutors said the money helped the GOP take control of the Texas House, enabling them to push through a DeLay-engineered congressional redistricting plan that sent more Republicans to Congress in 2004, strengthening his political power.

But in a 22-page opinion, the appeals court said prosecutors "failed in its burden to prove that the funds that were delivered to the seven candidates were ever tainted."


How in the HELL is this liberals and the left??

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