Thursday, November 25, 2010
After 19 hours of deliberation, a jury of six men and six women decided that Mr. DeLay was guilty of conspiring with two associates in 2002 to circumvent a state law against corporate contributions to political campaigns. He was convicted of one charge of money laundering and one charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
As the verdict was read, Mr. DeLay, 63, sat stone-faced at the defense table. Then he rose, turned, smiled and hugged his wife and then his weeping daughter in the first row of spectators. He faces between 5 and 99 years in prison, though the judge may choose probation.
Up to 99 years for money laundering?? I think the guy should be punished, but lets be realistic. This is a non-violent crime, and goes to political corruption. Hell, I think five years is a bit much. A few years behind bars followed by probation is a more appropriate term.