Monday, January 10, 2011

DeLay sentenced to 3 years in prison

From The New York Times:

AUSTIN, Texas — Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader, was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday after convictions for money laundering and conspiracy stemming from his role in a scheme to channel corporate contributions to Texas state races in 2002.

Mr. DeLay, once one of the most powerful and polemical Republican congressmen in the state’s history, was ushered out of Travis County Court after the sentencing and was taken by sheriff’s deputies to the county jail, where he was expected to post a $10,000 bond and be released pending an appeal.

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’ 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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  • The rightwing media outlets have just barely covered this story. Win win?


    By Blogger Jersey McJones, at 8:14 PM  

  • It's a win for justice, perhaps, but of course the right-wing media, along with the GOP, will never give in, and the establishment media will ultimately give "equal time" to DeLay's defenders, allowing right-wing talking points about how this was supposedly all motivated by partisanship to prevail in the noise.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 8:46 PM  

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