Judge Sentences Tom DeLay To 3 years In Prison

AUSTIN (AP) – A judge has ordered U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to serve three years in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in

The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. DeLay was once one of the most powerful men in U.S. politics, ascending to the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives.

The former Houston-area congressman had faced up to life in prison. His attorneys asked for probation.
Senior Judge Pat Priest issued his ruling after a brief sentencing hearing on Monday in which former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert testified on DeLay’s behalf.

Priest declined to hear testimony from the state’s only witness.

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  • ilvrw

    No one hurt by his actions? His actions caused several districts to be redrawn. Why not have him pay out of his own pocket all the money it would take to put those districts back like they were prior to all this mess? We tell our children actions come with consequenses, but we show them, in sports and politics, that rule doesn’t apply.

  • george

    Put him in jail for life! He Is the worst kind of criminal! Throw away the key!

  • G.A. Degard

    Doin’t spend any more $$$ on this guy, make him do community service for his disservice. Have him write book on why the “democrats” rule the Austin area.

  • big james

    A criminal is a criminal regardless of their name or status!! Throw the Fnn book at him!! Oh wait, just had a thought… A person in a position of power who abuses the power or comits other crimes should sufer even greater consiquences. I expect much more from a person in a position such as what he had.

  • BDK

    Prison is going to be the worst place for him. The sentence is just.

  • Dennis Gebhart

    Wow! Seems like harsh punishment to me ! You can murder people in Texas and serve less time than he got . He hurt no one . Fine him big time ! But jail ! Please!

  • Elmer

    Jail time just costs the taxpayers money. Fine him so much that he will be paying the rest of his life.

  • Steven

    The hammer in the slammer… TOOOOO FUNNY!!

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