Tom DeLay verdict overturned by appeals court

By David Edwards
Thursday, September 19, 2013 11:19 EDT
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An attorney for Tom DeLay said on Thursday that a Texas Court of Appeals in Austin had overturned a conviction that would have sent the former Republican House Majority Leader to prison for two felonies.

Defense attorney Brian Wice told KHOU that documents released from the court said that the evidence in the case was “legally insufficient to sustain DeLay’s convictions.”

According to KHOU, “all judgements” against the former Republican leader were reversed.

DeLay was convicted in 2010 on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering in a plot to influence elections. He was sentenced to three years in prison, but was allowed to remain free while the charges were appealed.

Lawyers for DeLay were successful in forcing one appellate judge to be removed from the panel, and others recused themselves from the decision.

Wice told The Houston Chronicle that the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin voted 2-1 to overturn the conviction.

Watch this video about DeLay speaking about the charges on a 2007 episode of The Colbert Report.

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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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