Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Awaiting the verdict

The wait begins.

DeLay case with jury
By R.G. Ratcliffe - Express-News

AUSTIN —The fate of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is now in the hands of a Travis County jury — more than five years after a political money laundering indictment drove him from the heights of power.

Prosecutors and the defense made closing statements to the jury about whether a $190,000 corporate money swap between DeLay's Texas committee and the Republican National Committee actually amounted to money laundering and whether DeLay had command control over two political aides.

DeLay faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison on a charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering and up to 99 years in prison on the money laundering charge, with fines of up to $10,000 on each, though probation is possible on both charges. The sentence will be determined by the judge if DeLay is convicted.

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