Politics -- September 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM ET
Tom DeLay acquitted of 2010 money laundering charges
A Texas court of appeals overturned the 2010 money laundering conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison in 2010, for his alleged scheme to illegally influence Texas elections in 2002.
Prosecutors claimed that DeLay and two associates conspired to send $190,000 in corporate money from his Texas PAC to the Republican National Committee. The RNC then distributed the money to Republican candidates for the state House of Representatives. This money allowed Republicans to take control of the state House and pass a redistricting plan which sent more Republicans to Congress in 2004.
Thursday, the court found there was insufficient evidence to support the case and acquitted DeLay of all charges. DeLay's attorney, Brian Wice, told the Associated Press that the former congressman "is ecstatic, gratified, and a little bit numb."