Texas Republican and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — a/k/a, “The Hammer” — has been sentenced to three years in prison for conspiring to launder $190,000 in corporate money into a political campaign fund that would have gone to a number of Texas Republicans vying for spots in the state House. DeLay, who was convicted in November, will also serve 10 years’ probation. He continues to say that the prosecution is politically motivated and “I can’t be remorseful for something I don’t think I did.”
DeLay was taken into custody, but will be released on a $10,000 bond pending appeal after he’s processed, which means he could remain free for months or years as his appeal goes through.
[The Hill, AP]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 10, 2011