Thursday, September 19, 2013

Austin Appeals Court overturns Delay conviction

Appeals Court rules insufficient evidence

Austin – The Third District Court of Appeals acquitted former U.S. Representative Tom Delay on charges of money laundering, for which he was convicted in 2010.

Delay, who had been free on bond, was accused of attempting to convert campaign contributions he received as a U.S. Representative to contributions for state representatives, a violation of Texas law.

In an opinion handed down from the appeals court, a judge ordered "Because we conclude that the evidence was legally insufficient to sustain DeLay's convictions, we reverse the judgments of the trial court and render judgments of acquittal," said an opinion from the District Court of Travis County, Texas.

Delay resigned from Congress in 2006. He is an exterminator from Sugarland.

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