Tom DeLay Sentenced to 3 Years

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    Tom DeLay gets three years' jail in money laundering case | World news | The Guardian


    A leading figure in George Bush's Republican party, Tom DeLay, was sentenced today to three years in prison on accusations that he by-passed political funding laws to forward his own electoral interests.

    DeLay remains a free man, released on $10,000 bail pending appeal. But his sentence runs to five years in prison, reduced to three years with the addition of 10 years on probation.
     
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    Yah...I saw this and snickered.

    I wish he got 10.

    I really hope and pray they don't release him early or give him time leniency.
     
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    I wish he got 10 years, with an additional 10 on probate.
     
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    I saw what he did...it doesn't look illegal to me.

    He helped corporations donate to the National RNC and then the RNC donated to Texas Republicans.

    The Texas law only prohibited corporations from making donations directly to Texas Candidates.

    While a case can be made that this was shady...by the letter of the law, it wasn't illegal.

    Where am I wrong in this?
     
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    He'll wind up doing a year..if that.
     
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    You got me as to where you are wrong, however I am not a legal expert, I do think that if it were not illegal his high paid lawyers would have gotten him off.
     
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    Conspiracy to commit money laundering means the corporations making those contributions may or may not have been aware where that money was going, but the sums given to TX GOP candidates matched the amounts given by the corporations exactly. Which makes it look like the National GOP was basically a strawman in the transaction, it was only transferred through them to make it look "clean".

    While I don't have a trial transcript and am not exactly willing to pay for one to prove the point, the jury would have seen the accounting showing the funds were traceable. They obviously thought it was enough to convict.

    There will be an appeal. Sounds like DeLay's already filed his notice of intent if he got bail. It will be interesting to see what happens.

    Oh, and where's Samson? We had a bet on this. :eusa_whistle:
     
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    I don't know either...I just read it today on MSNBC when I saw it in the margin ad.

    After a month-long trial in November, a jury determined that he conspired with two associates to use his Texas-based political action committee to send $190,000 in corporate money to an arm of the Washington-based Republican National Committee. The RNC then sent the same amount to seven Texas House candidates. Under Texas law, corporate money can't go directly to political campaigns.

    It doesn't look like the money went directly to political campaigns...it looks like the money went to the RNC and then the RNC sent it to campaigns.
     
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    it's called money laundering to try to get around the letter and spirit of the law
     

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