DeLay Money Laundering Case Back in Court

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Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 06:16 PM

By Cathy Burke

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The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Wednesday to review a lower-court ruling that tossed out former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's money laundering conviction, clouding a legal future that had just got the all-clear last September, reports say.

An Austin appellate court reversed the 2010 verdict, ruling the state failed to prove $190,000 in political donations to Republicans running for the Texas Legislature in 2002 came from corporate funds.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose office had prosecuted DeLay, had appealed the appellate court's decision.

"We are pleased and confident that the Court [of Criminal Appeals] will give us fair consideration," Lehmberg told The Wall Street Journal.

But Brian Wice, DeLay's lawyer,  brushed aside the review, declaring Texas' highest criminal court "will not have a hard time concluding, as the lower court did, that the case is all hat and no cattle."

DeLay, who served as a board member of the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, concedes his legal woes turned him around.

"It takes a long time to take an arrogant person like me and make him a humbled man," he said in an interview with the Washington Times.  No date has been set for the review, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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