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Truthout: Tom DeLay Sentenced to Three Years in Prison


January 10, 2011- A judge in Austin, Texas on Monday sentenced former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to three years in prison for his role in orchestrating a scheme to illegally funnel nearly $200,000 in corporate cash to state political candidates in 2002.

The Houston Chronicle reported that DeLay was taken into custody, but he will be released on $10,000 bail pending appeal. DeLay told State Senior Judge Pat Priest prior to his sentencing that he did not "feel remorseful for something I don't think I did."

"I always intended to follow the law," DeLay said. "I'm not stupid. Everything I did I had accountants and lawyers telling me what to do and how to follow the letter of the law, even the spirit of the law."

Priest, however, rejected DeLay's defense.

"Before there were Republicans and Democrats, there was America, and what America is about is the rule of law," Priest said before pronouncing the sentence.
Responding to the sentence outside of the Travis County courthouse, DeLay's attorney, Dick DeGeurin, said, "If I told you what I thought, I would get sued. This will not stand."

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