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DeLay Says He Was Victim Of Political Prosecution

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former House Republican leader Tom DeLay says his conviction on money laundering charges was a politically-inspired case brought by prosecutors in “the most liberal county in Texas.”

DeLay tells NBC’s “Today” show that prosecutors “never proved” their case against him. DeLay is free on bond after being sentenced to three years in prison and 10 years’ probation on a conviction of scheming to illegally influence Texas elections.

On Thursday, he again denied the charges.

Appearing with DeLay, defense attorney Dick DeGuerin called it “a political prosecution.” He said his appeal will be based partly on a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that overturned a longtime ban on political activities by corporations and unions. DeGuerin says DeLay was prosecuted “because he was so successful in bringing about redistricting in Texas.”

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  • Emilie Schultze Everett

    Will somebody PlLEASE play that song by the Eagles?

  • Cat out of the box

    Did someone miss the great Messiah’s ” UNITY ” spech last night…..or just forget the mornings medications, just asking, signed Bill Ayers.

  • Cathy

    Why does the person who gets caught always say he’s a “victim”? What about the real victims?

  • Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Poor… poor… Tommy – where’s that condescending smirk now?

    • phantom

      His lawyer should have told him to “Can the silly smile.”

  • oldman68

    Lets hope Delay has to spend prison time and meets up with Big Bruce who will treat him like Delay has treated the American public for so long.We’ll see if he maintains a smirk on his face after Big Bruce gets done with him.He(Delay) deserves everything he gets.

  • phantom

    So he thinks the jury was prejudiced. Like he was when he redrew the district lines , middecade?? Well how does it feel, Mr Hammer ?? What goes around comes around !!

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