At the height of his power, Tom DeLay was called “The Hammer” by friends and foes alike. Indictment and conviction on money-laundering and conspiracy charges made him the nail for the better part of the past decade.
A 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the 3rd Court of Appeals based in Austin reversed DeLay’s conviction last week, but the legal odyssey that began in 2003 is not yet over. As is the case in most criminal trials, this appellate victory comes at a high financial and personal cost. This case is a classic example of how the gray areas deliberately painted into campaign finance laws are really a legal jungle in which personal lives and careers can be lost.
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