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Tom DeLay Sentenced to Three years in Prison

January 10, 2011

News Alert — from The Wall Street Journal

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering. He also received five years for money laundering, but the judge converted that sentence to probation.

DeLay was convicted by a jury in November of illegally channeling corporate donations to several Republicans running for the Texas Legislature in 2002; such contributions were barred by state law.

Mr. DeLay is in the process of posting a $10,000 bond, prosecutors said. That will allow him to remain free during the appeals process, which could take years.

The New York Times also reported:

After listening to Mr. DeLay say he felt he had done nothing wrong, Judge Pat Priest sentenced him to three years in prison for the conspiracy count and 10 years of probation for the money laundering count. The judge rejected arguments from Mr. DeLay that the trial had been a politically motivated vendetta mounted by an overzealous Democratic district attorney.

“Before there were Republicans and Democrats, there was America, and what America is about is the rule of law,” the judge said just before pronouncing the sentence.

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