Former United States House Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been cleared by Texas’ highest criminal court of all charges related to his 2010 conviction by the state’s Public Integrity Unity on charges of money laundering and conspiracy.
Former House Majority leader Tom DeLay and his attorneys argued the merits of whether Delay’s 2010 money laundering conviction should remain overturned or if the original punishment should stand.
DeLay was found guilty of taking money donated to his political action committee and feeding it into a number of Texas Republican's campaigns.
In 2013 his conviction was overturned because checks are not considered funds, therefore the prosecution lacked evidence. But earlier this year the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to hear an appeal of that overturned conviction.
The highest criminal court in the State of Texas has agreed to take up the political corruption case against former U.S. House Minority Leader Tom Delay. The decision comes after Delay was acquitted by a lower appellate court in September 2013.
The case against Delay, known to many as "The Hammer," has been making its way through the courts for the last 12 years. Delay was convicted in 2010 of money laundering for trying to influence Texas’ elections by funneling corporate money to various candidates.
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Tom DeLay won't be seeing the inside of a jail cell after having his 2010 conviction overturned by the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals this morning. In a 2-1 vote the Republican judges on the three-judge panel voted the evidence in the trial wasn't strong enough and reversed the judgment to an acquittal.
A Texas state panel of judges has overturned Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s 2010 conviction for money laundering.
The two judges voting to overturn the conviction reasoned that the $190,000 in question was in the form of checks and therefore not money, something many legal experts are calling a technicality. But DeLay's appellate attorney Brian Wice doesn't share that view.