Thursday, November 25, 2010

DeLay In the Dock – Update

It looks like I lost my bet with myself:

AUSTIN – Tom DeLay, one of the most powerful and divisive Republican lawmakers to ever come out of Texas, was convicted Wednesday of money laundering charges in a state trial, five years after his indictment here forced him to resign as majority leader in the House of Representatives.

After 19 hours of deliberation, a jury of six men and six women decided that Mr. Delay was guilty of one charge of money laundering and one charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

As the verdict was read, Mr. DeLay, who is 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 five and 99 years in prison, though the judge may choose probation.

A few minutes later, Mr. Delay said outside the door of the courtroom that he would appeal the decision. He called the prosecution a political vendetta by Democrats in the local district attorney’s office, and revenge for his role in orchestrating the 2003 redrawing of congressional districts to elect more Republicans.

As I said:

I have a bet with myself that he will be acquitted on all counts. I have no basis for that conclusion; it’s just a hunch. Then he will make the tour of the Fox News shows crowing about how he was persecuted by a politicized Justice Department and a vengeful prosecutor and that his name was dragged through the mud for the sake of partisan politics. He will then praise the jury who saw through the whole charade and that the justice system truly works. Of course, if he’s convicted, he’ll say exactly the same thing except the last part, and then he’ll appeal it all the way to the Supreme Court. Any takers?

I got the verdict wrong, but I had Mr. DeLay’s statement nailed.

Enjoy your years with Bubba, your new BFF, Tom.