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Published: 04/13/11

Israel's Foreign Minister Told He Will Be Indicted for Fraud

By  Linda Gradstein - AOL News
Israel's Foreign Minister Told He Will Be Indicted for Fraud

JERUSALEM -- The Israeli attorney general today told Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that, pending a hearing, he will be indicted for fraud, money laundering and witness-tampering, a move that could eventually bring the collapse of the government. Lieberman faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted. The draft indictment had been expected this week but caught Lieberman off guard as he sat on the podium of his ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party in Jerusalem. Lieberman's face tightened as he took the call from his lawyer. AFP / Getty Images Israeli Foreign Minister...

Published: 01/20/11

Tom DeLay, Convicted Felon, Is Right: Austin Is Texas' Most Liberal City

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Tom DeLay, Convicted Felon, Is Right: Austin Is Texas' Most Liberal City

Former House Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay may be heading to prison -- convicted and now sentenced to three years for money laundering under Texas law -- but at least he's got his Lone Star State history correct. As DeLay has long argued, Travis County, Texas -- home of the City of Austin and the home residence of DeLay's trial jurors -- is, indeed, Texas' most liberal county. What you may not know is that it has been so for generations, partially because of geography but mostly because of the presence of the University of Texas, the respected academic institution with an historical...

Published: 01/10/11

Tom DeLay Gets 3 Years in Prison, and Finds No Sympathy From Twitter

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Tom DeLay Gets 3 Years in Prison, and Finds No Sympathy From Twitter

"The Hammer" is heading to the slammer. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison today for his part in a scheme to funnel corporate cash to Republican candidates (aka money laundering) in Texas in 2001, The Associated Press reported. DeLay's lawyers had sought a sentence of probation, but Senior Judge Pat Priest handed down the prison term instead. On Twitter, reaction to word of DeLay's plight was ever swift, with the vast majority of users expressing their delight with the sentence. .bbpBox24566264101867520...

Published: 01/10/11

Tom DeLay Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Money Laundering

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Tom DeLay Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Money Laundering

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was sentenced Monday afternoon to three years in prison following his conviction on money-laundering and conspiracy charges. Related Stories Tom DeLay Guilty of Money Laundering in 2002 Elections Jury Gets Tom DeLay Money-Laundering Case Nicknamed "The Hammer" for his uncompromising political style, DeLay was convicted on Nov. 24 on charges related to the 2002 midterm elections. Senior Judge Pat Priest sentenced DeLay to three years on the conspiracy charge, and five years on the money laundering charge. However, the Texas Republican was...

Published: 01/5/11

Hero of London Bombing Jailed for Cocaine Smuggling

By  Theunis Bates - AOL News
Hero of London Bombing Jailed for Cocaine Smuggling

LONDON -- Thirty-three men, including a firefighter commended for his bravery during the London bombings of July 7, 2005, have been sentenced to a total of 200 years in prison for running one of the U.K.'s largest cocaine-smuggling operations. Simon Ford -- who won a London Fire Brigade Gold Award for rescuing passengers from a bus blasted apart by a suicide bomber -- was sentenced to 14 years in prison for supplying drugs to gangs across the southeast of England. PA Simon Ford, left, a firefighter commended for bravery during the 2005 London bombings, and cage fighter Aman Salhan...

Published: 11/25/10

Judge Has Many Options in Sentencing Tom DeLay

By  not in system - AOL News
Judge Has Many Options in Sentencing Tom DeLay

AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 25) - Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay argued throughout his trial that the deck was stacked against him by a politically motivated prosecutor and a jury from the most Democratic city in one of the most Republican states. But following DeLay's conviction Wednesday on money laundering and conspiracy charges, some legal experts say the edge may now shift to the Republican who represented a conservative Houston suburb for 22 years. Before DeLay's inevitable appeal, which his lawyers predict will be a far friendlier process than his trial, he faces sentencing next...

Published: 11/24/10

'The Hammer' to the Slammer? Tom DeLay Blasts Guilty Verdict

By  David Knowles - AOL News
'The Hammer' to the Slammer? Tom DeLay Blasts Guilty Verdict

(Nov. 24) -- It's a long way from "Dancing With the Stars." A Texas jury today found former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay guilty of money laundering. DeLay now faces punishment ranging from probation to life in prison, but is free on bail pending his Dec. 20 sentencing. Outside the courtroom, DeLay bemoaned what he called the "criminalization of politics." "I praise the Lord for what's going on," DeLay told reporters, according to the Austin American-Statesman. "I'm not going to blame anybody. ... It's an abuse of power, a miscarriage of justice." DeLay had protested his innocence since...

Published: 11/24/10

Tom DeLay Guilty of Money Laundering in 2002 Elections

By  Mary Winter - Politics Daily
Tom DeLay Guilty of Money Laundering in 2002 Elections

A Texas jury on Wednesday found former U. S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay guilty of money laundering in connection with the 2002 elections. DeLay, convicted on two charges, faces a possible sentence of five to 99 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine on a money-laundering charge, and two to 20 years and a possible $10,000 fine on a related conspiracy charge, according to the Austin-American Statesman. A judge could also could give him probation. DeLay, the second-most powerful Republican in the country five years ago when he was forced to step down because of the charges, called the...

Published: 11/22/10

Jury Gets Tom DeLay Money-Laundering Case

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Jury Gets Tom DeLay Money-Laundering Case

Closing arguments concluded Monday in the money-laundering trial of former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), and the case has gone to a Travis County jury. Lawyers for the former majority leader told jurors the charges against DeLay were politically motivated, brought because Democrats were unhappy with congressional redistricting he pushed through in 2003, The Houston Chronicle reported. Lead prosecutor Gary Cobb countered by naming Democrats that have been tried on corruption charges. "Even those who govern must be governed and follow the law," Cobb said. The ex-congressman, once dubbed "The...

Published: 11/22/10

Prosecutors Say DeLay Backed Money Laundering Scheme

By  not in system - AOL News
Prosecutors Say DeLay Backed Money Laundering Scheme

AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 22) -- Prosecutors told jurors Monday in the money laundering trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay that he gave his blessing to a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas legislative candidates. But defense attorneys told jurors DeLay committed no crime as no corporate money was sent to Texas candidates. Prosecutors say DeLay used his political action committee to illegally channel $190,000 into 2002 Texas legislative races through a money swap. "You are dealing with a career politician, a man charged with writing the law, a career politician...

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