Tom DeLay Sentenced to Prison Time

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Tom DeLay—the former Republican Majority Leader of the US House of Representatives — has been sentenced to three years in prison.

DeLay was convicted of money laundering charges and conspiracy to commit money laundering in November of 2010.

The charges stemmed from accusations—now felony convictions—that DeLay had illegally shuffled campaign contributions to Republican candidates in the Texas state legislature.

According to the Times article, Delay said "I can't be remorseful for something I don't think I did."

The Times further reports what might be seen, in retrospect, as a bizarre legal strategy:

"DeLay's attorneys had indicated they would have up to nine witnesses but decided to present only Hastert. Hastert, an Illinois Republican who was House speaker from 1999 to 2006, testified that DeLay was not motivated by power but for a need to help others. Hastert talked about DeLay's conservative and religious values, his efforts to provide tax relief for his constituents in Texas, his work helping foster children and the help he provided to the family of one of the police officers who was killed in a 1998 shooting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington."

"'That's the real Tom DeLay that a lot of people never got to see,' Hastert said"

An attorney representing the former House Majority Leader said that he expected DeLay's conviction would be overturned on appeal.

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