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Dancing Tom DeLay Convicted

Former House Speaker Tom Delay of Texas, AKA the Hammer, AKA DeLiar, AKA Sir Dancenot, AKA Hot Tub Tom…

Probably most remembered for being the King of Payola Republicans, and his successful effort to disenfranchise 1 million minority voters in Texas – thus guranteeing a Republican majority US Congressional legislature from the state…

Finally got convicted.

Only took 5 1/2 years.

Now, being Republican Texas I really don’t believe DeLay will get much more than a wrist slap, including time spent on Dancing With the Stars.

Hammered: What Punishment Will Tom DeLay Get?

Five years and a month ago, Tom DeLay, who was once House Majority leader, set the standard for jailhouse mug shots. Smiling widely, with a twinkle in his eye, he held a metal sign: “10-20-05, Thomas Dale DeLay, Money Laundering.” Now, 1,861 days later, after an epic legal struggle, a retreat from Washington back to his constituency of Sugar Land, Texas, after one cha-cha in a leopard print vest on Season Nine of Dancing with the Stars — plus a stiff waltz, a fumbled tango and a hobbled samba — the smiling former Texas congressman, the man they called “The Hammer,” has been found guilty as charged.

Much is being made of the possible punishment — one to 99 years in state prison on the money laundering charge, two to 20 on a conspiracy charge. But presiding Judge Pat Priest, a semi-retired special appointee who added to the musical theme by listening to Rodgers and Hammerstein show tunes as the jury deliberated, could very well give the fallen politician probation. Sentencing will begin on Dec. 20; and, so far, prosecutors have not specified how much jail time they will demand, only that the case was a “message from the people of Texas” who want “honesty and ethics” in their public officials, according to District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg…

As for jail time, the speculation is that he will be put on probation, or given a brief time behind bars at worst, plus a hefty five-digit fine.

Seems that Republican era of “Special Justice for Special People”…

Isn’t quite over yet.

 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2010 in Orange Jumsuit Politicians

 

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Governor Paterson, The “Hammer” Part Deux – State of the State

NY Governor David Paterson outlines his plan for economic recovery in New York –

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2010 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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