Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay – formerly one of the most powerful and dreaded Republicans in Congress – was sentenced Wednesday on charges, he illegally funneled shared money to Texas candidates in 2002.
Jurors considered for 19 hours before going back guilty decisions against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to perform money laundering. He faces up to life in prison on the money laundering charge. After the decisions were read, DeLay hugged his daughter, Danielle, and his wife, Christine.
His guide lawyer Dick DeGuerin, said they plotted to request to the verdict."This is an abuse of power. It's a miscarriage of justice, and I still maintain that I am innocent. The criminalize of politics undermines our very system and I'm very disappointed in the outcome," DeLay told journalists exterior the court. He corpse free on bond. And his passing judgement on was temporarily set to begin on Dec. 20.
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Prosecutors said DeLay, who once held the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives and whose heavy-handed style rated him the byname "the Hammer," used his political activity committee to illegally channel $190,000 in corporate donations into2002 Texas law-making races through a currency swap.
DeLay and his attorneys cared for the former Houston-area representative did nothing wrong as no corporate money went to Texas candidates, and the money swap was legal.
The verdict came after a three-week trial in which prosecutors put more than 30 witnesses and volumes of e-mails and other papers. DeLay's attorneys put five witnesses."This case is a message from the citizens of the state of Texas that the public officials, they elect to represent them must do so honestly and ethically, and if not, they'll be held accountable," Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said later the judgement.