Tom Delay Receives Prison Sentence

The Austin Statesman reportson Delay's sentencing:

The three-year sentence was on the charge of conspiring to launder corporate money into political donations during the 2002 elections.

On the charge of money laundering, DeLay was sentenced to five years but that was probated for 10 years.

He was taken into custody but he was expected to be released as soon as he posted an appeals bond.

In a story published a little over a month ago, following Delay's guilty verdict by a jury, Jim Hightower wrote of Delay:

He found his real calling in politics, becoming an ethics-free floor leader who unabashedly demanded campaign cash for the GOP from corporate lobbyists -- in exchange for moving their legislation. His pay-to-play demands were as subtle as a sledgehammer, but they worked, making him the most powerful and feared member of Congress in the first half of this decade. This earned him another sobriquet: "The Hammer."

The only thing fiercer than the The Hammer's power was his cosmic-scale arrogance. "I AM the federal government," he once barked to a waitress who had requested that he comply with a federal no-smoking rule.

AlterNet / By Terrell Jermaine Starr

Posted at January 10, 2011, 9:45am

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