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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Convicted Republican DeLay for money laundering

Washington, November 25 (PL) A Texas jury found him guilty of money laundering by former Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, Tom DeLay, reports The New York Times today in its online edition.

The Republican leader under President George W. Bush is accused of illegally transferring $ 190,000 from various companies with the aim of supporting Republican legislative campaigns in 2002 in Texas.

The lawyers filed more than 30 witnesses as well as emails, phone tapping and other documentary evidence to demonstrate how Delay, with two others, acted against the law.

Predictably, the sentence of 99 years in prison for money laundering and 20 years for conspiracy, shall be established on 20 December.

Known as "The Hammer" for his peculiar way of pressuring their followers in the electoral campaign, DeLay called abuse of power verdict of the court, and announced it would appeal the ruling.

Such actions, known in 2005, forced Delay to resign as leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives in time for Bush and out of that body, where he worked for 20 years.

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