DeLay to do the Jailhouse Rock


January 10, 2010

“Before there were Republicans and Democrats, there was America, and what America is about is the rule of law.” - Judge Pat Priest before sentencing Tom DeLay

Texas prosecutors asked for jail time for Governor Fitial's "dear friend" Tom DeLay, and got it. Not enough, but at least he'll be behind bars for a few years.

Judge Pat Priest sentenced the former U.S. House Majority Leader for charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

CNN reported:
Judge Pat Priest sentenced DeLay to three years on the conspiracy charge and five years on the money-laundering charge. But the judge will allow DeLay to serve 10 years probation with community service on the laundering charge in lieu of the prison sentence, and the two sentences will be served concurrently.
Priest remanded DeLay into custody and set a $10,000 bond pending appeal.
The Washington Post quoted the judge as saying those who write the laws should "be bound by them."

The ever-smug DeLay said, "I can't be remorseful for something I don't think I did."

But the prosecutor disagreed. From CNN:
Earlier, prosecutor Steve Brandt urged the judge to send DeLay to prison, saying the once-powerful Republican shows too much disregard for the law to warrant community service and probation.
"He has shown no remorse, no remorse whatsoever," said prosecutor Steve Brandt in his closing arguments. "The man, according to him, does nothing wrong."
"He needs to go to prison, Your Honor, and he needs to go today."
"If he gets probation," Brandt said, "and those people who read the newspaper tomorrow ... will say, 'I told you. He wears a tie, he gets probation.'"
"I'm going to use a quote from Alexander Hamilton," he said. "'No one is above the law.'"
Lead prosecutor Gary Cobb told the judge that if DeLay received only probation, he would use that sentence to make himself a martyr for his political beliefs and he would "wear probation like Jesus on the cross."

Abramoff pal, former Illinois Rep. Dennis Hastert, was the only witness that testified on behalf of felon DeLay at today's sentencing hearing. Hastert served as Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2006.  During that time he worked with Abramoff and Delay to block CNMI federalization legislation. 

According to The Washington Post, Abarmoff lobbyist, Michael Scanlon was in the lobby outside the courtroom ready to testify for the prosecution about DeLay's connection to Abramoff, but the judge was not interested in hearing about activities for which the disgraced Delay was not charged. Scanlon has yet to be charged in the Abramoff scandal.

Hastert testified that "DeLay was not motivated by power, but for a need to help others." Certainly that was not the case for the guest workers in the CNMI who paid the price for the Abramoff-DeLay-Fitial obstruction.

Like DeLay, Hastert appears in the Abramoff-CNMI billing records, which show that he worked closely with Abramoff and DeLay to block much needed CNMI reform legislation.

Dengre wrote about their relationship on The Daily Kos:
Tom DeLay was Jack's number one guy in Congress. He made sure that his GOP Cappos (Doolittle, Pombo, Sweeney, Cubin, etc.) looked out for the interests of the Party's Chinese patrons as "business" went through their Committees.

To manage the flow and keep the scam running, DeLay counted on the BIG man from Illinois: Denny Hastert.

When Jack Abramoff needed to brainstorm about how to block legislation Hastert was involved. Here is an example:

It was just one of number of meetings between Abramoff and GOP House Leadership to work out the details on how to block efforts to end the abuse on the Mariana Islands. (Here are more examples and there are hundreds more.)
Between May 26, 1999 and June 16, 1999, Denny Hastert received more than $20,000 from the Tan factory-sweatshop interests of the CNMI for his Keep Our Majority Leadership PAC. On May 26, 1999 Keep Our Majority received $2,500 from E. Inos, $5,000 from J. Pangelinan, and $5,000 from B. Fitial.  On June 16, 1999 Keep Our Majority received $7,500 from more sweatshop interests on CNMI including $5,000 from D. Sablan and $2,500 from Frank Camacho.

Too bad Governor Fitial is in Hong Kong with Willie Tan, or the duo could have joined Hastert in defending their "dear friend" Tom DeLay.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

See also Jordan Fabian, “DeLay sentenced to three years in prison in money-laundering case,” The Hill, Monday, January 10, 2011, available at http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/137053-delay-sentenced-to-three-years-in-prison-for-money-laundering.

Anonymous said...

Hammer to the slammer! 95 more years would have been better, but three years without this ego maniac may send a message to others who believe that they too are above the law.

the teacher said...

Bye bye dancing Tom. Support from Ben Fitial should have made your crimes fall under a Rico statute...oh well, enjoy your 930 nights anyway. Perhaps the new house GOP leader from Butler County, Ohio, will join you at club fed.

Your pal from Saipan,

Ron Hodges

Anonymous said...

Ronnie,

Thomas Dale DeLay, Jr. would not be going to a “Club Fed” even if his conviction is not overturned on appeal.

He was prosecuted by a highly political, liberal Democratic Texas district attorney in state court before a Texas state jury in an Austin, Texas district court -- one of the most progressive places in the state.

There is nothing federal about it, assertions to the contrary in the Saipan Tribune notwithstanding. You can’t always take what Haidee V. Eugenio writes at face value. Indeed, her reporting merits healthy skepticism.

Anonymous said...

come on Ron Hogdes, get a grip! Why are you trying to attach the slimy deeds of Delay with the New House Leadership. That is just plain wrong, but a true blue left wing liberal tactic no less.

Anonymous said...

2:26 Come on, start reading beore you mouth off or attack Ron. The DeLay creepos have infiltrated the upper GOP Leadership:http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47462.html and as Wendy pointed out the GOP leaders are stinking from Abramoff and DeLay connections:http://unheardnomore.blogspot.com/2011/01/fitials-republican-friends-in-us.html

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