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Jury convicts Tom DeLay in money laundering trial

November 25th, 2010 . by TexasFred
Jury convicts Tom DeLay in money laundering trial

AUSTIN, Texas (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.

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Jury convicts Tom DeLay in money laundering trial

You might be innocent Tom, but a jury of your peers doesn’t seem to think so. A jury of your peers in a Republican state too. That’s not a good thing, especially after you and your lawyers had 5 years to prepare your defense.

For quite a long time I was known for taking a neutral stand on DeLay and the accusations against him. I often said, ‘wait until it goes to trial, if he’s found innocent, leave him alone and let him get on with his life, but if he’s found guilty, hang him…’

He was found guilty — Hang him!

And in other news:

Sarah Palin: ‘We gotta stand with our North Korean allies’

Oops, she did it again.

Sarah Palin made her latest verbal gaffe on Wednesday, claiming North Korea is one of America’s allies on Glenn Beck’s radio show when asked how she’d handle the recent escalation between the two Koreas.

“This speaks to a bigger picture here that certainly scares me in terms of our national security policy,” the former vice presidential candidate said on Wednesday. “But obviously we’ve gotta stand with our North Korean allies.”

The host corrected her. “South Korea,” Beck said.

“Eh, yeah. And we’re also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes,” Palin responded.

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Sarah Palin: ‘We gotta stand with our North Korean allies’

OK, let’s ALL be very sure in our response to this, I don’t want anyone to make a hypocrite of themselves.

When Barack Hussein Obama made his classic gaffe about visiting all 57 states, I was all over it on the blog, as were nearly every other blogger in the Conservative world. We lambasted Obama severely for that misspeak. And indeed, it was a misspeak, a faux pas, a brain fart, call it what you will, he said it, it was a screw up and WE ALL HAMMERED HIM!

We all said the man had no business being president. Many based their opinion of that solely on the 57 states remark.

OK, in the spirit of fair and balanced; Sarah Palin quite likely misspoke when she said ‘our ally North Korea’. I’m sure she knew better. I am positive she knows better now. But she made the speaking error. And indeed she did, in all probability, misspeak, make a faux pas, have a brain fart, call it what you will, but she said it and it was a screw up.

Do I think Obama saying something about there being 57 states was a disqualifier? No, but it was an indication that we needed to scrutinize him more.

When Obama admitted that he was a Muslim, Barack Hussein Obama — My Muslim Faith – Proven, was that a disqualifier? Apparently not. But, he, and his staff, as well as the interviewer and the entire left side of America said it was a ‘misspeak’, nothing more. Nothing to see here, move along.

The thing is, a candidate, an elected official, the president, every blogger, all public speakers are responsible for their words and their accuracy with those words. If I make a spelling or grammatical error in a post, my email fills up rapidly, and I’m not even a candidate.

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