DeLay back to court
Decision to throw out prison sentence in question
By Elsa Maxey
The success of an appealed ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will find former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s case back on. Reports of a decision by the highest criminal court in Texas to hear the case have no specific court dates. But a review to come relating to the certainty of tossing out a money laundering conviction against DeLay, who is referred to as the Sugar Land Republican, is clear.
DeLay, sentenced to three years in prison in 2011, appealed a court ruling finding him guilty of funneling corporate money, $190,000, to GOP candidates in Texas legislative races, which is illegal.
The Texas 3rd Court of Criminal Appeals then ruled there was a failure to prove the case in 2013, and now comes this latest court appeal to determine if the ruling was correct.
The money-laundering case brought DeLay’s political career as a powerful congressman to a halt. He served as a state representative starting in1979, followed by his election to Congress in 1985, then he resigned in 2006 after he was indicted by prosecutors in Austin.
A recently reported update on DeLay last month maintains that God wrote the U.S. Constitution, according to DeLay. A John Hagee Ministries’ Global Evangelism Television episode with him as a guest shows DeLay’s concerns about the government becoming secular. Many reports followed and one about the interview said that lead author of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison who died in 1836, could not be reached for comment. To watch the interview with DeLay, see this story online.
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