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DeLay convicted of dishonesty in US court


Big News Network.com     Thursday 25th November, 2010

Tom DeLay, the former Republican majority leader in the US House of Representatives, has been found guilty of money laundering.

Tom DeLay, the former Republican majority leader in the US House of Representatives, has been found guilty of money laundering.

Convicted by a Texas jury on Wednesday, DeLay was found to have illegally funnelled corporate money to Republican party election candidates in 2002.

It was proved he had used his political action committee to channel $190,000 in corporate donations into Texas legislative races through a money swap.

Prosecutors accused DeLay of conspiring with two associates, John Colyandro and Jim Ellis, to channel donations into the Republican National Committee, which then sent the same amount to seven Texas House candidates.

The prosecutors said the money had helped Republicans take control of the Texas House.

The man whose domineering style was felt by US representatives, was once given the nickname: “The Hammer.”

His political career, representing suburban Houston, has now come to an end. Today DeLay runs a consulting firm.

DeLay faces five years to life in prison on the money laundering charge and two to 20 years on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

 

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