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DeLay’s Attorney Complains About Immunity Offers

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay speaking at a public event. (credit: Getty Images/Win McNamee)

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay speaking at a public event. (credit: Getty Images/Win McNamee)

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AUSTIN (AP) – Tom DeLay’s lawyer has complained that Travis County prosecutors have offered immunity for testimony from two former DeLay aides who later worked for disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The former U.S. House majority leader is to be sentenced by a judge on Monday on conspiracy and money laundering charges. He was convicted in November.

The Austin American-Statesman on Saturday quoted DeLay’s lawyer Dick DeGuerin as saying prosecutors have destroyed DeLay and now “want to rub salt in the wound.”

Prosecutor Gary Cobb confirmed that immunity was offered to the two ex-aides, Michael Scanlon and Tony Rudy. They may not testify.

DeLay faces a maximum sentence of 99 years and fines of up to $20,000, but as a first-time offender, he is eligible for probation.

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