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3rd Court of Criminal Appeals overturns DeLay's conviction

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The 3rd Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Tom DeLay's money laundering conviction on Thursday.

Tom DeLay says he thanks god for his acquittal on money laundering charges. But the Travis County District Attorney's Office says not so fast--they're appealing.

This morning a Texas Appeals Court overturned his money laundering conviction saying there was insufficient evidence for a jury to have found him guilty in 2010. He was accused of illegally funneling money to Republican candidates. 

The Travis County District Attorney's Office says they're very disappointed in Thursday's ruling, but that they will appeal this ruling to a higher court.

"Well we worked pretty hard on this case, a lot of time was spent on it. This was a politically diverse jury who heard the case. And the Judge made sure that politics didn't come into the courtroom. So we're disappointed and we're going to keep after it until the court of criminal appeals tells us about this decision," Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said.

Tom DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty, but his sentence has been on hold during the appeals process.

DeLay's attorney, Brian Wice says he's confident DeLay would win again if prosecutors pursue an appeal.

 

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