Tom DeLay en Appeals Court Overturns Tom Delay's Money Laundering Conviction <p>A state appeals court in Austin has overturned the money laundering conviction of former Texas Congressman and House Majority Leader Tom Delay.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;color:#333333">Three years ago, DeLay was convicted for conspiring to illegally funnel $190,000 in corporate campaign contributions to Republican candidates for the Texas Legislature in 2002. <o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:26:40 +0000 Matt Largey 8733 at Appeals Court Overturns Tom Delay's Money Laundering Conviction DeLay Lawyer: Checks Aren't Funds <p>Tom DeLay's legal team <a href="">was in an Austin appeals court this morning</a>, arguing that the former U.S. House Majority Leader could not be guilty of money laundering because as they said, "checks aren't funds."</p><p><a href="">DeLay was convicted in 2010</a>, on charges that he conspired to funnel $190,000 in corporate contributions to Republican candidates for the Texas Legislature. Candidates for state office are barred from accepting corporate donations. The money was given by corporate&nbsp;donors to the Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee in 2002, which then sent the money to the Republican National Committee.The RNC then distributed an equal amount to candidates for the Texas House.&nbsp;</p><p>DeLay could spend three years in prison, if his conviction stands.</p><p>At issue at today's hearing was how to read state law at the time. Delay's lawyers argue the law does not specify checks as a form of funds that can be used to launder money.</p><p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:42:53 +0000 Matt Largey 5294 at DeLay Lawyer: Checks Aren't Funds Court to Hear Tom DeLay's Appeal in Money Laundering Case <p>The Third Court of Appeals in Austin<a href="" target="_blank"> will hear the appeal</a> of former U.S. House Majority Leader cum reality show contestant Tom DeLay, who was convicted of money laundering in 2010.</p><p>DeLay was <a href="">found guilty by an Austin jury</a> of conspiring to circumvent campaign finance laws and channel corporate donations to Republican candidates for the Texas Legislature in 2002. His conviction followed a 2005 indictment on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering alongside aides John Colyandro and Jim Ellis.&nbsp;DeLay resigned from his position in the House as a result. In 2009, he appeared as a contestant <a href="">on the TV series "Dancing With the Stars."</a></p><p>DeLay has been out on bond, working to have his conviction overturned for the past two years. If his conviction is upheld, he faces a sentence of three years in prison and five years probation. As a convicted felon, he would also be ineligible to run for state-level political office in Texas and ineligible to vote until he completes his probation.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 21:10:15 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5288 at Court to Hear Tom DeLay's Appeal in Money Laundering Case DeLay Sentencing Hearing Underway <p><strong>Update at 12:15 pm</strong><em>:&nbsp; </em>Both sides have rested in the sentencing phase of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's trial.&nbsp; DeLay himself is expected to address the court when it reconvenes at 1:15 pm.</p><p>The defense only called one character witness: former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He testified about DeLay's political motivations and values.&nbsp; Under questioning from assistant District Attorney Gary Cobb, Hastert said DeLay had not expressed remorse for the crimes he was convicted of in November.</p> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:15:11 +0000 Matt Largey 605 at DeLay Found Guilty <p>A Travis County jury has convicted former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on conspiracy and money laundering charges.&nbsp; Delay was accused of illegally funneling corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.<br> The crimes carry a maximum penalty of 99 years in prison, effectively a life sentence. DeLay's lawyer,Dick DeGuerin, indicated that he would prefer a judge to sentence his client instead of a jury. DeGuerin also made clear DeLay's intention to appeal the conviction. Wed, 24 Nov 2010 23:05:32 +0000 Nathan Bernier 341 at DeLay Found Guilty DeLay Jury Could Have a Late Night <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Judge Pat Priest is warning lawyers they may be working late tonight. As of now, the jury has not come back with a verdict on the third day of deliberations. Priest says alternatives--including the possibility of having the jury deliberate on Thanksgiving--are worse than putting in some overtime today.</p><p>The jury earlier requested copies of several interviews DeLay did with news organizations, and with former DA Ronnie Earle.</p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 20:27:35 +0000 Matt Largey 336 at DeLay Jury Could Have a Late Night Jurors Begin Third Day of Deliberations in DeLay Trial <p><strong>Updated at 11:50am: </strong>Jurors have asked yet another question, this time about the language of the conspiracy charge against Tom DeLay.&nbsp; Jurors wanted to know if DeLay had to agree to both parts of the alleged conspiracy -- both sending corporate money to the Republican National Committee and sending an equal amount of money back to Texas legislative candidates -- to be found guilty of conspiracy.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 15:19:33 +0000 Matt Largey 331 at Jurors Begin Third Day of Deliberations in DeLay Trial Jury Deliberations Continue in DeLay Trial <p><strong>Updated at 4:45pm: </strong>The jury has told Judge Pat Priest they are making headway in their deliberations, but they want to go home for the day.&nbsp; Lawyers on both sides are not objecting.&nbsp; Deliberations will resume tomorrow.</p><p><strong>Updated at 2:10pm: </strong>The jury in the Tom DeLay trial is still deliberating after a break for lunch.&nbsp; When they came back from the break, they submitted a long list of evidence they want to see in the jury room.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 20:15:18 +0000 Matt Largey 321 at Closing Arguments in DeLay Trial <p><strong>Updated at 5:35pm: </strong>After the jury asked several questions of the judge during their deliberations, Judge Pat Priest says he will send jurors home for the night, without weighing in on one of their questions.&nbsp; Deliberations will resume in the morning.</p><p><strong>Updated at 1:43 pm: </strong>Closing arguments have finished the case has been handed to the jury.</p><p><strong>Earlier: </strong>Lawyers in the&nbsp; trial of former U.S. House majority leader Tom DeLay are finishing their closing arguments today.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:55:05 +0000 Matt Largey 314 at Closing Arguments in DeLay Trial Tom DeLay Jury Selection: Day One <p>Local media is swarming around the <a href=";q=Travis+County+Criminal+Justice+Complex&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=30.273245,-97.746027&amp;spn=0.012787,0.01929&amp;z=16&amp;iwloc=A">Travis County Criminal Justice Complex</a> this afternoon for the first day of jury selection in Tom DeLay&#39;s trial on money laundering and conspiracy charges. DeLay is the former-Republican House Majority Leader who is accused of conspiring to launder $190,000 in corporate cash to political campaigns. DeLay insists he&#39;s innocent.</p> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 19:48:32 +0000 Nathan Bernier 116 at Tom DeLay Jury Selection: Day One