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MAJOR DEVELOPMENT: Appeals court overturns conviction of ex-US House leader DeLay...

 Reuters

Reuters

(by KHOU.com and Associated Press) -- HOUSTON -– A Texas Court of Appeals in Austin has overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, attorney Brian Wice told KVUE sister station KHOU 11 News.

In documents released early Thursday, the court said the evidence in the case was "legally insufficient to sustain DeLay’s convictions."

The court said all judgments against DeLay were reversed, and the former congressman was formally acquitted.

DeLay was convicted in 2010 for his alleged role in a scheme to influence Texas elections. Since then he has been praying for vindication but also preparing for the possibility of imprisonment.

DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison, but stayed a free man while his case made its way through the appellate process.

For both DeLay and his critics, the process was frustratingly slow, due in part to some of the appeals court justices in Austin recusing themselves as well as DeLay’s successful effort to have a judge on the panel removed because of anti-Republican comments she made.

DeLay, 66, was found guilty of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering for helping illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

 

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