Tom DeLay is ‘defiant’ — but he’s going to jail for three years

There’s was obviously a lot of news about the massacre in Tucson yesterday. But, we would be remiss if we didn’t do a post on the news that the former GOP Majority Leader, Tom DeLay, was sentenced to three years in jail yesterday. AP reports that DeLay remains defiant. Whatever. He’s a convicted criminal now:

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay remained defiant as he faced a judge’s sentence to three years in prison for a scheme to illegally influence Texas elections, insisting he committed no crime and was the victim of selective prosecution by authorities targeting his politics.

“Everything I did was covered by accountants and lawyers telling me what I had to do to stay within the law,” the Houston-area Republican said. “I can’t be remorseful for something I don’t think I did.”

But Senior Judge Pat Priest disagreed with DeLay, saying those who write laws should be bound by them, and sentenced the man once considered one of the nation’s most powerful and feared lawmakers to three years in prison.

This all played out in state court. There’s already pressure on Texas Governor Perry, who wants to run for President, to consider a pardon. But, the San Antonio Express-News blog, Texas Politics, explains why that’s not possible.

The Hammer is going to the slammer.


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