Former GOP Rep. Tom DeLay Sentenced Today
And so it finally happens:
Daily Kos: Breaking: Tom DeLay Gets 3 Years In Prison
Justice at last! Thank goodness for straight arrow judges like Judge Priest who are not impressed or intimidated by a defendant's political connections.
Sentenced to 3 years for "conspiracy to commit political money laundering" and second sentence of 5 years for "money laundering" - the second of which was reduced to 10 years probation by the judge - DeLay feels no remorse for his crimes:
DeLay was taken into custody by Travis County deputies, but will be released on $10,000 bail pending appeal.
DeLay pleaded for himself before visiting District Judge Pat Priest.
"I don't feel remorseful for something I don't think I did," DeLay told the judge.
Prosecutors urged Priest to sentence DeLay to prison immediately. But defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin said the case destroyed DeLay's political career and life and that was punishment enough.
Any guesses how long before this political elitist gets a pardon from the Republican Governor? Wait for it, Wait for it...
The State Republican Executive Committee is considering a resolution calling on Gov. Rick Perry to grant a pardon to former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on his recent money laundering conviction.
But unlike the president, a Texas governor does not have sweeping pardon authority.
Thanks to Govs. Ma and Pa Ferguson selling pardons, the state Constitution limits the governor's pardon authority. Perry can only grant a pardon on the recommendation of a majority of the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
And DeLay would not be eligible for a pardon under the board's rules: [Read On...]
Maybe? Legal scholars will have to look that over before I say for sure. I would not be surprised to find out they they toss the conspiracy charges and he gets stuck with just the probation to serve out because that is how it just seems odd the way the sentence was broken down. And maybe DeLay still has those appeals to run out. But It looks like maybe he will probably end up having to serve some time while he waits on anything to change.
Anyways... No matter what happens down the line, he will always be, forever more, "The Criminal Tom DeLay". And they can never take that away from those that worked hard to make this happen.