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Tom DeLay Sentenced to 3 Years for Conspiracy, Will Appeal

Former House majority leader Tom DeLay was sentenced on Monday to three years in prison on conspiracy charges and 10 years of probation on money laundering charges. DeLay was convicted by a jury in November of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He is accused of illegally channeling corporate money to state political campaigns. DeLay will appeal the conviction.

Since DeLay was sentenced to less than ten years, he can stay out of prison on a $10,000 bond while his appeal is making its way through the court system. DeLay maintains that he did not intend to break the law and told the sentencing judge that he doesn't believe he did anything wrong. Republican DeLay claims that he is the victim of political payback by a Democratic prosecutor.

According to The New York Times, the trial was unique and the first time that a politician has been convicted in Texas for money laundering for trying to get around a state ban on corporate donations to political campaigns. DeLay's attorney says that on appeal he will argue that DeLay should not be charged with money laundering because the money did not come into his hands illegally.  

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DeLay Sentenced to 3 Years in Money Laundering Case (The New York Times)

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