A Texas grand jury on Monday indicted U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on two new felony charges including money laundering, following a conspiracy indictment last week which forced him to step aside as the second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The new indictment accuses DeLay of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering in a campaign finance scheme and greatly raises the legal stakes for the once-powerful Texan because it includes a potential punishment of life in prison if convicted.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Almost Three Strikes for DeLay
Just wondering, if found guilty of not one, but two, or even three charges, is that enough to put DeLay behind bars permanently? Certainly, if he was a poor person living by the seat of his pants, three convictions would do it for him. But, no doubt, the man with no shortage of PAC assistance, will be hiring the best, well healed lawyers to wiggle out of these charges.