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Tom DeLay Convicted of Money Laundering

No happy Thanksgiving for Tom DeLay. The jury found him guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The penalty on one count is 2 to 20 and from 5 to 99 years on the other. He could also receive probation. Texas has jury sentencing, but DeLay previously opted for the judge to sentence him.

His attorney, Dick DeGuerin, says the verdict won't withstand appellate scrutiny:

Mr. DeGuerin said Mr. DeLay would try to convince an appeals court the money-laundering statute should never had been applied to the money swap — because the original donations were legal and also because the donations to the state candidates came out of a different account than the one in which the corporate donations were deposited. “It will never stand,” Mr. DeGuerin said.

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    What is the opinion of the lawyers on the (none / 0) (#1)
    by MO Blue on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 07:08:11 PM EST
    blog of DeGuerin's argument that the verdict won't withstand appellate scrutiny?

    Any opinion on how DeGuerin's  mistake in introducing  DeLay's calendars might have affected the verdict?


    You'd need a specialist in Texas law (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by scribe on Thu Nov 25, 2010 at 07:18:43 AM EST
    and, perhaps more importantly, the intersection of Texas politics and Texas appellate judicial decisions to get a definitive answer.

    Delay's got a lot of chits out there to be pulled in and you can bet he's been spending them already.  So, I suspect he thinks he has the fix already in for himself.

    But, regardless, we and all other decent human beings can now, for all time, call him "Convicted criminal Tom Delay", "Convicted money launderer Tom Delay."  And we can intone, like so many sanctimonious Texas prosecutors arguing to kill some innocent prisoner over a murder he didn't commit:  "the jury has spoken and it said 'guilty'".

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    I guess he can try the (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 08:09:54 PM EST
    'my obvious money laundering was too good for the money laundering law' appeal. If it really is a miscarriage of justice, good luck to him.

    Houston criminal defense lawyer (none / 0) (#3)
    by Peter G on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 08:40:50 PM EST
    Mark Bennett, who is really sharp, says on his blog, "Defending People," that probation is available and is the most likely sentence, not imprisonment.

    Will this quote become THE Tom Delay quote? (none / 0) (#4)
    by EL seattle on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 11:07:49 PM EST
    For all time...?

    "The criminalization of politics undermines our very system." - Tom Delay

    Source: New York Times (11/24/2010)

    I totally agree: It's a shame (none / 0) (#8)
    by Peter G on Thu Nov 25, 2010 at 09:35:04 AM EST
    how DeLay and his ilk turned politics into an opportunity to build a criminal enterprise through "fund-raising."  I still remember all the phone calls and mail I used to receive at my office, when he was in power, announcing how I had been selected by DeLay for exclusive membership in some Republican Business Leaders Roundtable or the like, if only I would send money to some committee or other -- despite having been a registered Democrat since turning 21 in 1970. It was just like half the mass-mailing fraud schemes my clients get convicted of.  I have no idea where they got the addresses and phone numbers of small business owners (i.e., my law office), but somehow they clearly did, and figured them/us to be good pickings for GOP fundraising.

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    Are there mimiunum? (none / 0) (#5)
    by Reasonable on Thu Nov 25, 2010 at 03:48:21 AM EST
    I have heard of the theorical max. sentence but is there a mandatory minuimun?

    See my comment #3 (none / 0) (#7)
    by Peter G on Thu Nov 25, 2010 at 09:26:33 AM EST
    posted above.

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