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Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial

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AUSTIN, Texas A jury in Texas has convicted former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. Delay was once one of the most powerful Republicans in Congress. He now faces up to life in prison.

Jurors in Austin deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts on Wednesday on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Prosecutors say the former Houston-area congressman used his political action committee to illegally channel $190,000 in corporate donations into Texas legislative races through a money swap.

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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2010, 06:44:43 pm »

next..

politicians - always smile?

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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2010, 06:51:56 pm »
He ain't smiling now.  I'm at work.  Otherwise I'd post a better picture.

Can't use photobucket at work.

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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2010, 07:27:27 pm »
"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first."

Thomas Jefferson

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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2010, 07:50:27 pm »
Now that's much better.

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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2010, 11:56:52 pm »
Life for 190,000 in illegal contributions seems a bit excessive. Not saying he's a great guy but rapists and child molesters get less than that.
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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2010, 12:21:44 am »
And that's true, too, but I do think child rapists and murderers should get life and not an average of eight years or so in the case of murder.

I don't know exactly what is fair in this case, but I think an example needs to be made to reduce political corruption in America which is, in my opinion RAMPANT.

He should get some hard time.  I'll just leave it at that for now.

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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2010, 12:50:34 am »
Life for 190,000 in illegal contributions seems a bit excessive. Not saying he's a great guy but rapists and child molesters get less than that.
Tom DeLay is a fairly ruthless scumbucket.

Watch this:

Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)
R  118 min  -  Documentary   -  in cinemas 14 May 2010 (USA)



Director: Alex Gibney
Writer: Alex Gibney
Stars: Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay and William Branner

A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.


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Documentary about Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, offer the most pungent description of this charismatic, corrupt wheeler-dealer to be found in Alex Gibney’s documentary “Casino Jack and the United States of Money.”

Mr. Abramoff, who in January 2006 pleaded guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials, is now serving the final months of a four-year prison term.

The documentary is not to be confused with a forthcoming feature film about Mr. Abramoff, also called “Casino Jack,” starring Kevin Spacey, an actor with a special talent for playing shifty-eyed, double-dealing reptiles. As seen in vintage footage, Mr. Abramoff is less a snake than an avaricious gung-ho jock with a messianic sense of mission.

http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/05/07/movies/07casino.html

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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2010, 12:54:58 am »
Life for 190,000 in illegal contributions seems a bit excessive. Not saying he's a great guy but rapists and child molesters get less than that.

true but those crimes have one victim (no disrespect to victims of sexual crimes) . but treason in America has over 300 million victims.
my kids are not cannon fodder for the n.w.o!

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Jury Convicts Tom DeLay for Money Laundering
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2010, 12:56:14 am »
AUSTIN, TX, Nov. 23, 2010
Jury Convicts Tom DeLay for Money Laundering

"Dancing With the Stars" Alum and Former Majority Leader Could Face Up to Life in Prison


Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay arrives at the Travis County courthouse in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010.  (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

(CBS/ AP)  Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress, was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to life in prison on the money laundering charge.

After the verdicts were read, DeLay hugged his daughter, Danielle, and his wife, Christine. His lead attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said they planned to appeal the verdict.

"This is an abuse of power. It's a miscarriage of justice, and I still maintain that I am innocent. The criminalization of politics undermines our very system and I'm very disappointed in the outcome," DeLay told reporters outside the courtroom. He remains free on bond, and his sentencing was tentatively set to begin on Dec. 20.

Prosecutors said DeLay, who once held the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives and whose heavy-handed style earned him the nickname "the Hammer," used his political action committee to illegally channel $190,000 in corporate donations into 2002 Texas legislative races through a money swap.

DeLay and his attorneys maintained the former Houston-area congressman did nothing wrong as no corporate funds went to Texas candidates and the money swap was legal.

The verdict came after a three-week trial in which prosecutors presented more than 30 witnesses and volumes of e-mails and other documents. DeLay's attorneys presented five witnesses.

Prosecutors said DeLay conspired with two associates, John Colyandro and Jim Ellis, to use his Texas-based PAC to send $190,000 in corporate money to an arm of the Washington-based Republican National Committee, or RNC. The RNC then sent the same amount to seven Texas House candidates. Under Texas law, corporate money can't go directly to political campaigns.


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1 down 534 to go...  I am not including Congressmen Ron Paul, because the man is a pure as the driven snow!

Edit to add:  I just saw that CitizenX already posted this, my apologies for double posting.  :-[

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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2010, 05:02:08 am »
de nada

I love that photo.  That is just the one I wanted to post.

Thx

Here's another good one:



Not smiling now, are you Tommy?

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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2010, 05:10:00 am »
Life for 190,000 in illegal contributions seems a bit excessive. Not saying he's a great guy but rapists and child molesters get less than that.
That's only what he was caught for.  Doubtless, he won't actually get life, but I'll be damned if I would feel very sorry for him if he did.

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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2010, 09:31:11 am »
**Que the heart attack in jail and whisk him off to a tropical island with a new name**
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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2010, 11:28:45 am »
 Life, nope, never.
 He didn't pull this off by himself, how about the rest of the culprits.
 He wont spill his guts..But-it'd Be nice if he would.

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« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2010, 06:34:34 pm »
Hammered: What Punishment Will Tom DeLay Get?

 

FOX News By HILARY HYLTON / AUSTIN Hilary Hylton / Austin Thu Nov 25, 3:05 am ET

Five years and a month ago, Tom DeLay, who was once House Majority leader, set the standard for jailhouse mug shots. Smiling widely, with a twinkle in his eye, he held a metal sign: "10-20-05, Thomas Dale DeLay, Money Laundering." Now, 1,861 days later, after an epic legal struggle, a retreat from Washington back to his constituency of Sugar Land, Texas, after one cha-cha in a leopard print vest on Season Nine of Dancing with the Stars - plus a stiff waltz, a fumbled tango and a hobbled samba - the smiling former Texas congressman, the man they called "The Hammer," has been found guilty as charged.

Much is being made of the possible punishment - one to 99 years in state prison on the money laundering charge, two to 20 on a conspiracy charge. But presiding Judge Pat Priest, a semi-retired special appointee who added to the musical theme by listening to Rodgers and Hammerstein show tunes as the jury deliberated, could very well give the fallen politician probation. Sentencing will begin on Dec. 20; and, so far, prosecutors have not specified how much jail time they will demand, only that the case was a "message from the people of Texas" who want "honesty and ethics" in their public officials, according to District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. (See the top 10 worst Dancing with the Stars contestants.)

After almost 20 hours of deliberations that at several points appeared to be off track, an Austin jury found DeLay guilty of moving $190,000 in corporate donations through the Republican National Committee to a political action committee aimed at aiding GOP state legislative candidates. That push was allegedly part of DeLay's effort - a successful one - to control the congressional redistricting process. (Why Texas put Tom DeLay on trial.)

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« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2010, 08:14:28 pm »
Hammered: What Punishment Will Tom DeLay Get?

 

FOX News By HILARY HYLTON / AUSTIN Hilary Hylton / Austin Thu Nov 25, 3:05 am ET


 But presiding Judge Pat Priest, a semi-retired special appointee who added to the musical theme by listening to Rodgers and Hammerstein show tunes as the jury deliberated, could very well give the fallen politician probation.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20101125/us_time/08599203319200
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  I bet he gets probation and then maybe a news show like Elliot Spitzer has.

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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2010, 03:45:59 am »
November 26, 2010 at 09:03:50


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Tom Delay Convicted of Money Laundering, A Harbinger of Things to Come?    
 
 
 
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Just when you thought there was no justice left in the world (or hardly any) a Texas jury on Wednesday found ex-House Majority Leader Tom Delay guilty of money laundering.

It took 19 hours but the panel of six men and six women found Delay guilty of conspiring with two associates for going around state law that bars corporate contributions to political campaigns. He faces 5 to 99 years in prison though incredibly the judge could choose probation. In any event Delay intends to appeal his conviction.

Hopefully Delay's conviction will open the door to more prosecutions of other hack politicians and their corporate and special interest backers that have so completely corrupted the political process in their favor.

Today there is so little transparency on who donates to what candidate or his (her) campaign or who is sponsoring the ads of lies and innuendos that voters have little or no idea of what constitutes truth or fiction anymore.

In this latest election cycle the Chamber of Commerce received millions from unknown corporate donors and because the Chamber is a non profit organization it is not required to disclose where the largesse it receives is coming from. The only way this money can be traced is through the tax records of these corporate behemoths that are required by law to list in their tax filings where their expenditures are going.

Then of course the sources of those unscrupulous ads this money sponsors is made further opaque because the sources announced at the end of the ads are often bogus or shell outfits that when tracked just turn out to be a phone or box number.

Plus who's to know whether foreign interests (absolutely illegal under American law) are contributing to these political campaigns. And if their bucks are sent to the Chamber of Commerce we'll never know!

Package all this chicanery with what the Supreme Court did in the "Citizens United" v/s "FEC" case last January where the Court essentially gave corporations license to contribute unlimited amounts to influence political campaigns and only a fool would continue to believe our election process is anything but completely corrupt.

There is however one solution (which this writer has alluded to in his previous writings on this topic and on this site) and that's a Constitutional amendment barring corporate money from political campaigns (thus overturning "Citizens United") while also instituting a citizen funded, public financing method in our election process.

From here it seems there is no other recourse available to address the usurpation by corporate and special interests that are currently corrupting our political process. There is just no other way to put it.

The conviction of Delay just highlights why our current system must be thoroughly overhauled.

 
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Tom-Delay-Convicted-of-Mon-by-Dave-Lefcourt-101126-896.html


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Re: :) Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial (and he may get life!)
« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2010, 07:57:21 am »
  I bet he gets probation and then maybe a news show like Elliot Spitzer has.

I suppose it would all hinge on, whether this case was true, and he was set up to cause a distraction/diversion so no further digging commenced on this issue.  Or how well he kept his mouth shut-- not implement people higher up.   ::)
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« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2010, 09:03:19 pm »
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Prosecutors said they haven't discussed whether to seek a prison term; sentencing is tentatively set for Dec. 20.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748703678404575636942232850932.html

^ Looks like business as usual. I'll be surprised if he does any time at all.

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« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2010, 02:06:20 am »
I kinda agree with WINTERMUTE, I think they'll drag it out until the public's interest is diverted by other pressing events and then run him through quick sentencing hearing where he'll probably get probation for a few years and once it's done, it's done!. You all know how it is with these BLOOD SUCKERS they all have their hands in each others pockets, sweetheart deals, favoritism and even more so lately, intimidation and anonymous threats from higher up.

My opinion is that long ago, we should have legislated "Mandatory Capital Punishment" carried out publicly, for corrupt law makers in Congress, Including the President, his Cabinet Members or any Judge, of any Court, who is convicted of certain crimes while in office, and we should have made it "Permanently Irrevocable" even by the President, any act of Congress or ANY Court in the U.S. or Internationally, with any attempt to alter this legislation, a "Crime" under this same act.