Former U.S. House Leader Tom DeLay Gets 3 Years in Prison

DeLay will serve time for illegally plotting to funnel corporate contributions to Texas legislative candidates in 2002.

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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will serve three years in prison.

The Washington Post is reporting that former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been sentenced by a state judge on Monday to three years in prison for illegally plotting to funnel corporate contributions to Texas legislative candidates in 2002. State Senior Judge Pat Priest, citing the need for those who write the laws to "be bound by them," briskly rejected DeLay's impassioned argument that he was the victim of political persecution and improperly accused of breaking the law for doing what "everybody was doing."

Priest also sentenced DeLay to five years in prison on a separate felony conviction of money laundering, but agreed to let him serve 10 years of community service instead of jail time for that charge. DeLay helped build and control a Republican majority in his chamber for three years. Now he'll have three years to think about breaking the very laws that he insisted others follow. How ironic.

Read more at the Washington Post.