Tom Delay Getting His Day/s in Court

November 3, 2010

Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay spent election day in a courtroom. He and two associates, Jim Ellis and John Colyandro, were charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Allegedly in 2002 they channeled $190,000 in corporate money through Delay's Republican PAC to help finance 8 Texas legislative political campaigns.  Winning those races would help Delay in his redistricting plot to strengthen the Republican control of Congress. It worked.

If Delay is convicted he could spend the rest of his life in prison. His trial is expected to last three weeks.

From the AP:
DeLay was once one of the most polarizing but powerful Republicans in Congress, earning the nickname "the Hammer" for his heavy-handed style.

But the criminal charges in Texas, as well as a separate federal investigation of his ties to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, ended his 22-year political career representing suburban Houston. The Justice Department has since ended its federal investigation into DeLay's ties to Abramoff without filing any charges against DeLay.

A previous charge alleging they and DeLay had engaged in a conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws was dismissed.
Delay was forced to resign in 2006 due to these charges and his involvement in the Abramoff case.  His ties to the CNMI, Governor Fitial, Tan and Abramoff are well-known.

Delay says he's been working behind the scenes "to rebuild the conservative movement." He appears to be confident that he'll walk away from the charges. I'd like to see them stick.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let this "Hammer" get hammered!

Anonymous said...

Time for him to get nailed.

Anonymous said...

Too bad he could not "tie" Fitial in with this.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Fitial's best friend!

Anonymous said...

Another corrupt Official. What are the odds?

Anonymous said...

this guy was one of the most corrupt and vindictive politicians in recent history. lets hope he is put away for a long long time.