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Tom DeLay conviction overturned by Texas court

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Doesn't look like Tom DeLay will be going to jail:

  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Just waiting on Inky
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Another crook who got away with it.
  4. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    That must have cost a small fortune
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Whew. Now no judges will have to be assassinated.
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Now he can go back to questioning anti-war protesters' patriotism.
  7. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Actually, didn't he actually get one of the appeals court judges removed from hearing the case due to alleged bias? It wasn't an assassination, but it served its purpose. But maybe I am misremembering (always love a chance to work this word in, and we are talking about Texas).

    In any case, they don't call him the "hammer" for nothing.

    For what it is worth, I have no idea what the actual laws in Texas are regarding politicians laundering money that they get for trading their influence, and then using that money they got for promises of quid quo pros to get their cronies elected so they can otentially trade even more influence for even greater sums of money. ... so I won't comment on the appeals court decision, or what evidence you actually need of someone having done that other than a stack of checks with "Tom Delay graft" written on the memo line.

    I just know it is scummy.
  8. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Did he? He lost his House seat and hugely-powerful leadership post.

    DeLay still loses in the end big time.
  9. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    It's not as scummy as all that. Texas state law prohibits corporate donations in state elections. The laundering/conspiracy allegations involved him raising corporate money for his congressional accounts -- which was entirely legal -- then conveniently donating some of his congressional money to other races for state office -- which, again, was entirely legal. Essentially he found what he thought to be a loophole in Texas election law and proceeded to run with that. I'd agree that it's unseemly, but unseemly doesn't remotely rise to the level of criminal. I have it in my head that a devotion to jurisprudence wasn't the motivation behind DeLay's prosecution.
  10. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

  11. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    You say unseemly. I say scummy.
  12. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    Po-tay-to, po-tah-to ... let's call the whole thing off.

    In all seriousness, you have an ultra-partisan Congressman being hauled into court by an ultra-partisan DA on an incredible straining of the law ... kinda hard to get worked up when the grown-ups call a halt to it all.
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