Written by Ed Sterling Friday, 27 September 2013 06:55
AUSTIN — The Texas Third Court of Appeals on Sept. 19 overturned former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay’s 2010 conviction on charges of money-laundering and conspiracy in an ethics case brought by the State of Texas.
In a 2-1 opinion, the majority concluded that there was insufficient evidence of any felony offense that generated proceeds and, therefore, that the State failed to establish an element of the crime of money-laundering as alleged in the indictment.
DeLay resigned from Congress in 2006 while the state's lawsuit against him, stemming from fundraising activities in the 2002 election, was in progress. A Travis County jury convicted DeLay in November 2010 but he served no prison time.