There is some justice in the world.
A jury of his peers has found Tom Delay guilty of money laundering.
That turkey (and those pomegranate cosmopolitans) are going to taste extra sweet tomorrow.
Image: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, “The Laundress,” between 1884-8
The hammer gets hammered.
Cue the whining about how a “liberal” jury in Austin, TX just was MEEEEEEAN to Tom Delay.
I’m just glad to see the hammer get hammered, even though it’s long overdue and it doesn’t change the fact that his bullshit worked and the state of Texas is now totally and completely fucked.
Justice delayed is justice denied
Adding, I’m now thankful too. Seems that god does love me after all!!!!
Best news I’ve heard all week. Something to be thankful for.
Polish the Guillotines
Mmmmm… Turkey with a big scoop of schadenfreude. Deeelicious.
Good thing Hot Tub Tom knows a few dance moves. Where he’s going they’ll come in handy.
Best gratitude ever for a Thanksgiving. There is sometimes justice in Mudville.
@Polish the Guillotines:
A minimum security, white collar federal prison? Why, do they have Samba Night on Thursdays or something?
Too bad he dragged it out so long or he could have had Dubya pardon him.
Edit: State charges. Rick Perry still governor. Never mind.
Suck It Up!
bristol comes in third, delay found guilty – good week.
@Bob Loblaw: This was a state charge – he’ll be going to a Texas prison.
It will not be fun for him. Not at all.
This is good news for Republicans, right?
@Suck It Up!: Bristol came in third?
she totally sucked. Worst dancer EVER.
For the first time in my life, I’m really proud of my country.
Tom L, I just want to say, your choices of paintings to illustrate your posts are always as inspired and spot-on appropriate as DougJ’s song title riffs. “The Laundress” foer a money-laundering post — brilliant.
Happy Thanksgiving. Yes, this will make it an especially gratitude-worthy holiday!
The Bearded Blogger
So when is Rick Perry pardoning this wronged, maligned, folk hero?
Be interesting how the wingnuts and teatards react to this. Whether it will be hypocritical screams of liberal bias and criminilization of politics, or praise as consistent with the tea tard meme of evil corrupt government, even if by one of their own.
I place money on the hypocrite model.
To be honest, I think your criminal justice system is much to harsh. 5-99 years just for money laundering?
But then Delay probably was a big proponent of tough of crime. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
@General Stuck: I saw that too. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of a sentence he ends up with. Even though I know that mob bosses and gang leaders can still run their crime syndicates from prison, this has to at least put a crimp in DeLay’s style. And at least he won’t be running around loose in DC or Austin.
Mike in NC
As horrible as the new GOP-majority House is going to be, at least it won’t have Tom Fucking Delay (or Dick Dickhead Armey).
How many actually watched Bristol dance. I went on ABC.com and made it through a third of her dance routine. Can we say boring. As for Delay…….YES! Made he rot in jail.
heaves huge sigh of relief
@Steve #16: LOL
Suck It Up!
you didn’t hear? She also said:
I’m guessing Fred Hiatt is on the phone right now to Caddel and Schoen requesting a column on why Obama ought to pardon Delay. You know, for the good of the country.
Can Rick Perry actually pardon him?
Looks like you can convict a ham sandwich.
DeLay has chosen to have Senior Judge Pat Priest sentence him. He faces five years to life in prison on the money laundering charge and two to 20 years on the conspiracy charge. He also would be eligible for probation.
hmmmm, from life behind bars to probation — i’m just guessing it will be on the lower end of that scale.
kommrade reproductive vigor
Waaah! Activist Juries!!
And he wasn’t convicted by a jury of his peers neither! How many people were old rich white ex-CongressCritters who used to be exterminators huh?
Awesome verdict. Awesome choice of illustration.
kommrade reproductive vigor
@Paris: Shouldn’t that be nailed?
Dancing Behind Bars, eh?
I doubt even Goodhair would be dumb enough to pardon him without a plausible reason, and I haven’t heard one yet.
I could be wrong though. Texas is a strange place ….
@bkny: I’m pretty positive it will be on the low end of that scale, yeah.
@General Stuck: Tom DeLay was never a real conservative.
@Suck It Up!: I haven’t watched any of DWTS, and the only thing I’ve felt toward Bristol is pity for being swept up in a circus not of her making. However, with that quote, it’s clear that the resentful apple didn’t fall far from the petty tree.
The headline reads at AP: Delay disappointed by guilty verdict.
I don’t think he’ll get probation.
Praise the Lord.
That is all.
How ’bout, praise the Texas Judicial System, for once?
My reason to be thankful is that a conservative high-ranking MN congressman was arrested (and released) for lurking around outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul while carrying a loaded handgun.
His excuse was that he was looking for a woman that he thought had dumped him after having met him for coffee ONCE. He drove into a strange neighborhood miles from his district and walked around looking for her car. Did I also mention that the congressman had a divorce pending and has been one of the prime movers in making sure that GLBT folks NEVER are allowed to have any kind of equal partnership rights? This guy is a real piece of work.
Think of it as karma giving him a little extra for being an insufferable douchebag.
From September 28, 2005, at hughhewitt.com:
THE DELAY INDICTMENT
by Hugh Hewitt
A Texas prosecutor with a history of abuse of his office, Ronnie Earle, has indicted Tom DeLay. Earle is a sort of Jim Garrison without the integrity. Soon to follow: Giant MSM coverage, show trial, acquittal and exoneration, DeLay’s return to Majority Leader for another 20 years.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
The Yahoo commentariat are already calling him a “corrupt Democrat”. Has Fox “News” done the same yet?
What always pisses me off about the righty’s is that they always think a jury is just fucking perfect when they convict some poor loser and give him the death penalty…..yay to the justice system!!
Then a jury listens to all the evidence and awards a large sum of money to someone who was horribly injured by a huge corporation…..and oh how they cry for tort reform! How awful are those idiots, we need jury nullification right now!! How horrid are the trial attorneys…..
horseshit. just plain horseshit from the right.
Molly Ivins dances in heaven.
I will be pleasantly surprised if he does any time. I doubt he will.
Odie Hugh Manatee
Duh. He’s white and this is in Texas. If he was brown he’d get life. Since he’s white (and conservative!), he’ll get probation. When it comes to shitty politicians and courts, Texas delivers.
Kathy in St. Louis
I honestly never thought this day would come. I had lost all faith that there was anything that a Republican politician could do that would be considered a crime, especially in Texas.
Now, if there is anyone out there who would like to sniff around Roy Blunt of Missouri to see what all he was doing during those years, I would personally appreciate it. As a Missouri resident, I am embarrassed that he was just elected our senator over a lovely woman in a very nasty race.
I never thought he could get convicted. This is good news.
@gbear: The best part of that was that he claimed he met the girl on an online dating site but he couldn’t remember its name (or the girl’s either for that matter)
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Just the sort of Frenchie liberal elitist thingy that real Merkins hate.
Odie Hugh Manatee
What do you expect from a bunch of Yahoos?
Cheryl from Maryland
Love the Laundress reference. Tucker Carlson was the WORST dancer ever. Bristol should have gone after week three when her spanx showed.
@Mike in NC:
Gotta hand it to Republicans, they have an endless supply of dickheads.
@Odie Hugh Manatee: Exactly. Just another outrage from The Worst Commentariat Evah ™.
A jury of his peers.
Does that mean everyone on the jury had also been convicted of money laundering? Man, Texas is wilder than I thought.
To repeat a word coined by Josh Marshall, it appears that we have arrived at Hammerdammerung.
The only way this could be better is if the jurisdiction was under Joe “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Arpaio.
@Odie Hugh Manatee:
It’s clearly stated in Rules for Republicans that any Republican convicted of a felony automatically becomes a Democrat.
Texas prisons have a reputation for being unpleasant.
However, I doubt if a man of his age would be placed in with the general population, anyway.
And yes, I’m sure Tom’s lawyers can find a private prison somewhere.
[but it still feels good, doesn’t it?]
Where’s the thread titled “Anarchy in the UK”?
Anyone want to make a guess about the color/ethnicity of the TX prison population?
Being a Texan while black is risky.
I never EVER believed this would happen in Texas, so I’ll fucking take it. Tom Delay is a pustule on the ass of humanity, and maybe he won’t be asked to
dancepreen or opine for the village anymore. One down, a gazillion to go.
BTW, he always set my gaydar off, big time. I think he’s one of those big time closeted Republican mofos.
This is great news. Tom DeLay was and is a crook and a total bastard. One can only hope they throw the book at the bastard and that the appeal process fails. Of course if Tom takes it to the Supreme Court it is a safe bet that the Radical Roberts Court will find a way to free their old pal.
Happy news and something to be thankful for!
He passed the prescription drug bill, so that is their out to throw him under the bus. On the other hand, the liberal menace activists judges and juries are also too a plague on the land. So we shall see.
@Suck It Up!:
Bristol might benefit from separating her identity from that of her mother. Might be a good idea to talk to someone about that.
Just saying . . . .
And Tom, good pick of word play with title of painting for this story. Another choice might be Duffy’s Christ driving out the money changers, 1940.
Convicted felons lose the right to vote in Texas. The former House Majority Leader has lost his right to vote in an American election. It is time to crack open a bottle of Beaujolais nouveau.
Poor Mr. DeLay. The only path to conservative rehabilitation is the golden streets of Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship. Confess your sins and love your fellow man!
The lady the congressman had coffee with once should boogie on out of his life. Don’t walk. Run.
Uncle Clarence Thomas
This is what happens when you start looking back. President Obama cannot be pleased.
According to SCOTUS, $=speech. So, TD wasn’t laundering money, he was speechifying.
Was just reading some comments on this story in The Austin Statesman, and a couple of commenters opined that the appeals court in Tx, is full metal wingnut, especially the lady chief judge. So they were pretty much convinced the verdict will get overturned. I don’t know anything about the justice system in TX, other than they like to execute people, sometimes innocent people. but that’s another topic.
A jury of his peers would be Lee Atwater, Chuck Colson, Ferdinand Marcos, Augusto Pinochet, Joseph Goebbels and Lavrenti Beria.
The good news is he’ll do time in Texas prisons, which are miserable shitholes of rotten food and violent, abusive guards thanks to the intolerant, supremacist, punishment ideology of the party he served with his criminality.
But being Texas, his buddies in the power structure will no doubt find him a cushy ‘special situation’ in which to do his time, because Repig lawnorder harsh rules are to keep the little people down, and don’t apply to the anointed.
Just Some Fuckhead
Another Buddhist in the making..
Don’t think I have seen that one before. A Very Interesting painting. I like it.
@Suck It Up!:
Sarah and Todd have raised such wonderful children, They are a really, really wonderful family, all “heart land” values, also.
Suck It Up!
@Uncle Clarence Thomas:
some of you really need to stop riding his dick. stop embarrassing yourself.
He’ll get five years suspended, then have the charges thrown out on appeal.
No one has mentioned this (I think) Delay found guilty a day before Thanksgiving and the sentencing portion of the trial is 4 days before Christmas, how nice for him….
@Linda Featheringill: I’m not so sure that his story isn’t a lie. Either way, I’m glad that he got busted, got disowned by the republican party, and got his sorry mug plastered all over the news. What a creep. I bet his soon-to-be-ex has some laughs over thanksgiving.
The hammer whines.
he’s not blaming anyone, except this was an abuse of power that convicted him with jury of his peers.
He looks like whipped butter. priceless.
@Linda Featheringill: isn’t it interesting… bomb, graveyard…
@General Stuck: praise the lord and pass the pardon.
@Perry Como: Ham sandwiches are smarter.
You sure you’re not thinking of Rick Perry? I frequently confuse the two myself, but it’s Perry sets off my friend-of-Dorothy radar.
i wonder if more than a few congressmen aren’t watching this one closely… never, ever expecting the hammer to be found guilty.
It’s in the Texas Constitution.
Mike in NC
Remember, presiding over executions — even of retarded people — was Dubya’s very favorite part of the job of governor. Does he cover that in the new book?
and the quote of the day from the man who has expert knowledge about how these things are arranged
@Jager: The apple doesn’t fall from the tree so they say.
In honor of Tom Delay and praising the Lord, I offer a song.
@Maody: Wow. Excellent painting.
@Jim, Once: yes, it’s pretty amazing. I keep trying to post Isaac Soyer’s The Laundress, also… dunno what’s up.
@Mike in NC:
Dunno. But his momma confirms the fetus in a jar story in his book. Except she claims the maid did it.
Delay does christian foster care and that scares the peejeebus outta me. The photo is extra creepy.
Nope, he was convicted on state charges.
Is it mean of me to hope that his ass gets hauled off to Huntsville?
Jury convicts DeLay in money-laundering case
Twelve years ago:
Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.):
“…I believe that this nation sits at a crossroads. One direction points to the higher road of the rule of law. Sometimes hard, sometimes unpleasant, this path relies on truth, justice and the rigorous application of the principle that no man is above the law.
Now, the other road is the path of least resistance. This is where we start making exceptions to our laws based on poll numbers and spin control. This is when we pitch the law completely overboard when the mood fits us, when we ignore the facts in order to cover up the truth.
Shall we follow the rule of law and do our constitutional duty no matter unpleasant, or shall we follow the path of least resistance, close our eyes to the potential lawbreaking, forgive and forget, move on and tear an unfixable hole in our legal system? No man is above the law, and no man is below the law. That’s the principle that we all hold very dear in this country.
The president has many responsibilities and many privileges. His chief responsibility is to uphold the laws of this land. He does not have the privilege to break the law…”
Uh, yep, karma is a bitch.
@Maody: That is a cool painting indeed.
And thanks to all who enjoy the art. I haz fun with it.
I hope he ends up in the joint and married to the guy with the most cigarettes.
@Jim, Once: @Maody: Is this it?
@Mustang Bobby: This made me laugh deeply and silently.
That is a freaking awesome early Christmas present.
I’m wondering . . . does anyone else think Delay could “die” like his buddy Ken Lay did? I know, I know . . . kinda conspiracy theory, but still . . .
I like the art a lot too. Muchas gracias.
particularly if you have a really good memory for random stupid shit like I do, and recall his mug shot photo when he first was charged with this crime back in ’06-’07 or whatever. He had this big, shit-eating grin on his face, like “my ass is SO gonna walk from this.”
Ah. You just can’t buy this kind of contentment.
@Jim, Once: yes, that’s it.
@Tom Levenson: thought you would at least find it pretty interesting. I love that you post good art – makes me feel like I fit in here because surely I’m not as smart as most of the folks who comment on BJ.
Why is it that practically all the people who complain about the “criminalization of politics” seem to be involved in the politicization of crime?
@Maody: Yes. The art is a wonderful addition. And I couldn’t say it any better than you do, Maody. So many smart, funny, talented folks here …
@Jim, Once: Guess I should make this clearer: I’m not including myself in that way.
@General Stuck: Yes, this was my thought as well. It’s pretty much wingnuts all the way up the appeals process, and at the end of it all, there’s always Rick Perry to issue the pardon. But my guess is that it is overturned on the first appeal—unless, for some reason, the Texas Goopers prefer Delay in prison.
DeLay has a Liberace in the closet thang about him. Rick Perry has more of a Gary Condit/Scott Brown glamour-shot-of-himself-on-his-credenza thang about him. Not sure which is worse.
I wouldn’t say that. I know a man who stabbed and slit the throat of a young woman in Houston because she ratted on the gang he was in. He got 20 years, spent 6 in a Texas prison, then was released on parole for the next 14 years. When he moved out of state & didn’t notify his parole officer, they put a warrant out for him. When I turned him in, they declined to prosecute because they felt it wasn’t worth their time. If you ask me, Texas will imprison someone for life for selling a gram of pot, but murderers get off easy.
Rawstory posted it. No mo shit eatin’ grin for the Hammer in the Slammer. The other convicts will love his purdy smile though.
Uncle Clarence Thomas
@Suck It Up!:
I would think you’d be embarrassed not to know the difference between riding someone’s dick and riding someone’s ass.
that’s the one! thank you. tee hee.
Merry Christmas, Bugman.
Holy shit. I can’t believe it. A Republican actually found GUILTY? Could this be the first in many (please)? Well, even if not, I savor it. I bet the sentence will be on the low side, but still. I never thought he’d be convicted at all.
@Jim, Once: Wow. Great picture. I’m glad Maody thought of it, and you were able to post it.
@Jim, Once: Agreed. And, I do include myself in that comment. Ha! I crack myself up.
@gbear: Holy shit. That’s just…I actually hope his story is a lie, otherwise, I would not want to be that woman. “I always carry a fully-loaded gun with me.” Why the fuck for?
Those 6 that he was in, I can’t say. But still, with the rep Texas has, he should have been in 14 and paroled for 6. I don’t care what the reason was, when you stab an 18 year old girl 3 times in the stomach and then slit her throat, leaving her body on a city street, in any state you should serve more than 6 years in the joint.
Odie Hugh Manatee
What I would love to see on the news is reporters asking RNC members how they feel about belonging to an organization that was used for criminally laundering money. Since DeLay was found guilty for laundering money it’s clear that the RNC assisted with the crime.
RICO their asses!
c u n d gulag
I love the commenters here, but I’m not even going to look through all of them because it’s probably been said before, but I just have to scream this- Tom’s going to do “HAMMER-TIME!!!!!!!!!”
Please, please let it be the 99 years! Though, I’m sure he’ll keep appealing until he finds a jury of his real peers, fellow crooks, or a judge who’ll give him probation.
Still, this is on this crooks permanent record. Though, I’m sure when you’re pissing on this grave, this won’t be noted on the stone. So, if you’e a guy, just spell ‘guilty’ with your pee.
It must be nice to get to choose the judge that sentences you. DeLay will likely get a sentence of a couple of years and a fine, with time off for good behavior which will mean in 6 months he’ll be released into a half-way house, and then the Teapublicans will rehabilitate his image and turn him into a hero by calling him a political prisoner and noting that what he did back then can now be done legally under existing campaign rules. Hell, if Newt can still be a game player after all his immoral serial cheating, why can’t Tom?
The schadenfreude is deep over at Juanita Jean’s. One of the commenters over there said about the possibility of an appeal:
and another on a pardon:
Sister Inspired Revolver of Freedom
@Arbiter: Karma baby!