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Because I want to read it over and over again

Posted by Charles II on January 10, 2011

(Via Rotwang at Eschaton) Laylin Copelin, Austin Statesman:

Judge Pat Priest sentenced Tom DeLay to three years in prison.

The three-year sentence was on the charge of conspiring to launder corporate money into political donations during the 2002 elections.

On the charge of money laundering, DeLay was sentenced to five years in prison, but that was probated for 10 years. That means he would serve 10 years’ probation.

“This will not stand,” said his attorney, Dick DeGuerin.

DeLay was taken into custody but he was expected to be released as soon as he posted an appeals bond.

The judge then ordered the courtroom cleared except for the lawyers.

Prior to the sentence, DeLay spoke to the court.

He was unrepentant.

“I fought the fight. I ran the race. I kept the faith,” DeLay said.

Judge Priest said he agreed with the jury’s guilty verdict, returned in November, and would have instructed a different verdict if he did not believe DeLay conspired to break the law.

He said there is no higher principle than that those who write the laws should follow the law….

Former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, testified that his friend, DeLay, had purpose, passion and persistence in representing his district in Congress for 22 years.

Hastert defended DeLay not expressing remorse: “I don’t think you want to say anything until the process is over.”

DeLay is expected to appeal his conviction, saying after the jury’s verdict: “Maybe we can get it before people who understand the law.”

Justice has already been denied by the unconscionable amount of time that DeLay got between the time of indictment and the time of judgment. He could have received 99 years, but he got three. This has been a travesty, but at least this scofflaw has been confronted with a reality he will find very hard to deny: jail.

4 Responses to “Because I want to read it over and over again”

  1. MEC said

    There is so much irony in Denny Hastert testifying as a character witness.

    I hope the judge doesn’t let DeLay postpone reporting to prison pending the inevitable appeal.

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