Fact: Former GOP House Leader Is Now The Criminal Tom DeLay

So sayeth a jury of his peers:

Tom DeLay, Ex-House Majority Leader, Found Guilty in Money-Laundering Trial

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:

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I miss so many important things being out of the realtime TV circuit, dang.

Time for the hammer of Justice to squash the bug man.  Let him fake his Christianity in the jailhouse, doing fake proselytizing to a real Bubba :-)

Re, "the Republican National Committee is a central part of the laundering scheme."  The RNC maybe entirely irrelevant by 2012 since, if there's no legal action, CItizens United's floodgate has outsourced the GOP's dirty money laundering functions to Karl Rove and the Chamber of Commerce.

I recently happened to connect a couple of dots, that Tom Delay's MajorityWhip.gov website was among the first Congressional websites that Mike Connell worked on. 

It's also an interesting note that he only ever reported working on three State government IT systems.  The Florida state IT networks were his workbend in 2000 and Ohio's SOS network was his playground beginning in about 2003.

I wonder what he was doing in TX government systems, where and when?  I'll have to check on this but I wonder if Tom Delay might know something about that?

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"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

TV either. That YouTube link came to me via my facebook page.


and I believe he said he yanked it from someone else:

"Dancing Behind Bars"

of me to be getting so much joy out of the plight of the bugman.

What system of right and wrong would find that offensive? Maybe in the Orwellian spectrum, where black is white and ignorance is strength.

In the contortionistically-twisted reality we're currently plodding through, I think all systems say, "Go for the gusto!".

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"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

I cannot tell you how surprised I was to hear the guilty verdict. Local news reporting just kept the suspense going as it seemed like forever waiting for a verdict....the jury requested to see this, they've been working for this many hours, if no verdict by Wed. they would be sent home to return on Monday, etc.

Seeing a picture of Tom DeLay's reaction to the jury verdict was
"priceless". Local TV announced a Dec. 20th date for sentencing hearing. Who you gonna call now Tom?

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I can't wait for DeLay to be sentenced!

Would it be too much to hope that he be sentenced to the maximum possible? I mean . . . after all, Republicans HATE IT when judges and district attorneys are soft on criminals! Let them all the Republicans show that they truly believe that the government should always be tough on crime and DEMAND that DeLay get a tough sentence!!!!!

As the Republicans are fond of saying GET TOUGH ON CRIME!!!!