Fact: Former GOP House Leader Is Now The Criminal Tom DeLay
So sayeth a jury of his peers:
A Texas jury Wednesday found Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader and Texas political powerhouse, guilty in a money-laundering trial involving contributions to political campaigns. The verdict was the latest chapter in a long legal battle that forced Mr. DeLay to step down. The trial also opened a window on the world of campaign financing in Washington, as jurors heard testimony about large contributions flowing to Mr. DeLay from corporations seeking to influence him and junkets to posh resorts where the congressman would rub shoulders with lobbyists in return for donations.
DeLay could face life in prison for the money laundering charges.
This part is of particular interest, IMHO, because it implies that the Republican National Committee is a central part of the laundering scheme:
Instead, prosecutors used a novel legal theory never before tried in Texas: they argued Mr. DeLay and two of political operatives — John Colyandro and Jim Ellis — had violated the criminal money-laundering law. They were charged with conspiring to funnel $190,000 in corporate donations to state candidates through the Republican National Committee.
Which brings to mind a long used tag at ePluribus Media: GOP Crime Syndicate. I could probably find even more and older uses of that tag at the old ePM site, as well, but this is a holiday weekend and I am only working this hard to get this breaking news out.
Anyways... Just thought you might enjoy your thanksgiving weekend a little more knowing that somewhere at least one of these criminals is getting what he deserves.
[update] Because you do want to see a Tom DeLay mugshot, right?
[update 2 and courtesy of roxy] I believe that a little celebration dance is in order: