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Breaking News- Texas appeals court overturns Tom DeLay money laundering conviction

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Just shows that if you have enough money, time and influence you can get out of anything.

HOUSTON -– A Texas Court of Appeals in Austin has overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, attorney Brian Wice tells KHOU 11 News.

DeLay, 66, was convicted in 2010 for his alleged role in a scheme to influence Texas elections.

He was found guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering after he was accused of helping funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

In documents released early Thursday, however, an appeals court said the evidence in the case was "legally insufficient to sustain DeLay’s convictions."

The court said all judgments against DeLay were reversed, and the former congressman was formally acquitted.

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Even Dancing with the Stars couldn't keep Tom DeLay from prison

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

You can't get anymore joyful than hearing that Tom DeLay, a firm believer in the health benefits of Dioxin and last seen publicly shimmying his booty in satin bolero pants on "Dancing with the Stars," has just been sentenced to three years in prison. As The Huffington Post reports:

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, once considered among the nation's most powerful and feared lawmakers, was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for a scheme to influence elections that already cost him his job, leadership post and millions of dollars in legal fees.

The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay, a Houston-area Republican, on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for using a political action committee to illegally send corporate donations to Texas House candidates in 2002.

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I recall an aide of DeLay being quoted as saying that (paraphrased) "You don't just kick a Democrat when he's down, you roll him in a carpet and toss him over the cliff."  That was how DeLay played: down, mean, merciless, dirty, and well-oiled with "K Street Project" money.  The former Texas bug exterminator (we are not making this up) could bite a copperhead snake's head off and swallow it down with a martini.

More here.

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Romney-Ryan Inc.: Railroading the middle class, brown-nosing, Abramoff/DeLay ties and more!

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Via Charles Lenchner

And here's a Brown Noser Bonus! Via Mashable:

In high school, Paul Ryan’s classmates voted him as his class’s “biggest ‘brown noser.’”

Speaking of brown nosing:

Paul Ryan's Jack Abramoff And Tom DeLay Connections Likely To Draw New Scrutiny:

Six months before the indictment, Ryan called the investigation and ensuing public outcry over DeLay "an effort to 'lynch him politically,'" according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Even after a Texas grand jury indicted DeLay on October 3, 2005, Ryan still refused to return $25,000 in donations from the then-former House Majority Leader. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Ryan said he would only return the cash if DeLay was convicted.

Soon thereafter, Ryan, like others in Congress, had to deal with fallout over his ties to Abramoff.

And more brown nosing: Paul Ryan And His Family To Benefit From The $45 Billion In Subsidies For Big Oil In His Budget

Brown nosers are people, too, my friend.

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AUDIO- Tom DeLay: Newt Gingrich "not really a conservative... doesn’t stand on principle."

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Great stuff, but consider the source. Tom DeLay:

"He's not really a conservative."

"When he was speaker, he was erratic, undisciplined..."

"Every day he had a new agenda... almost every 15 minutes..."

"We spent a lot of time working with Newt, if you will, to keep him focused and keep him online with the agenda we had promised the American people.”

"He doesn’t stand on principle."

H/t: Think Progress

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Justice DeLay'd

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I'm already annoyed (and by annoyed, I mean livid) that the flaw firm of BushCo and Blair continues to skate, but this is just rubbing salt in the wound:

Salon asked Lou Dubose, co-author of The Hammer, whether former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) would ever actually spend a day in jail after being sentenced to three years for laundering corporate campaign contributions.

Said DuBose: "No. Simply because the Court of Criminal Appeals is an elected court, it's all Republican, it's highly political. It's known as a prosecutors' court, but in this case I would bet that they're going to rule for the defendant. The Third Court of Appeals, where the appeal will start, is also a Republican court."

Optimist.

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Tom DeLay sentenced to 3 years in prison

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Buh bye now:

UPDATE: More here.

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BREAKING: Tom DeLay found GUILTY

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AP via KHOU-TV: Former Congressman Tom DeLay guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

UPDATE:

DeLay was charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money. He faces a possible sentence of 5-99 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine on the money laundering charge, and 2-20 years in prison and a possible $10,000 fine on the conspiracy charge.

Prosecutors earlier said they believe the DeLay case is the first such criminal charge ever filed over Texas’ century-old prohibition on corporate contributions in state political races.

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