Dancing's DeLay Convicted of Money Laundering
Past Dancing with the Stars contestant Tom DeLay, the former House Majority Leader, has been convicted of illegally funneling corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.
The Associated Press reported that a jury deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts Wednesday against DeLay on money laundering charges. He faces up to life in prison.
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"This is an abuse of power. It's a miscarriage of justice, and I still maintain that I am innocent. The criminalization of politics undermines our very system and I'm very disappointed in the outcome," DeLay told reporters outside the courtroom.
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Prosecutors said DeLay, a Texas Republican who once held the No. 2 job in the U.S. House of Representatives, used his political action committee to illegally channel $190,000 in corporate donations into 2002 Texas legislative races through a money swap.
DeLay, who appeared on Dancing with the Stars last year, said he did nothing wrong.
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The verdict came after a three-week trial in which prosecutors presented more than 30 witnesses and volumes of e-mails and other documents. DeLay's lawyers presented five witnesses.