How the mighty have fallen. First it was his ill-advised appearance of Dancing with the Stars, and now the former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will be serving three, yes three years in prison! Once a righteous Republician and the popular politician, Tom DeLay will be doing some serious jail time. So why did a judge hand over such a sentence?
In November Tom DeLay was convicted of “charges of money money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.” He was illegally funneling corporate money from deep pocketed companies to Republican candidates in Texas.
Throughout the process Tom DeLay has pleaded his innocence saying to the judge that “”I can’t be remorseful for something I don’t think I did,” he is under the impression that it was more like a politically driven witch hunt and that his money “swapping” was – at the time – legal.
His sentence was almost even more extreme, with the judge also suggesting an additional five years on money laundering charges but instead he traded that in for 10 years probation instead. But of course there will be a big appeal process and he might not serve his time for months if not years.
Do you think Tom DeLay will actually really see the inside of a prison cell or will his lawyers keep him out of the clinker?