If convicted, the money laundering charge carries a penalty of up to life in prison. The charge of conspiracy to launder money is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The initial conspiracy charge carries a punishment of up to two years.
I have a better description for this situation: an abomination of democracy.
"Ronnie Earle has stooped to a new low with his brand of prosecutorial abuse," DeLay said in a statement. "He is trying to pull the legal equivalent of a 'do-over' since he knows very well that the charges he brought against me last week are totally manufactured and illegitimate. This is an abomination of justice."
DeLay and two political associates are accused of conspiring to get around a state ban on corporate campaign contributions by funneling money through the DeLay-founded Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee.
Tom DeLay's shameful antics are exactly what is wrong with this country and both political parties. It's time the officials we elected into office start paying attention to our needs, rather than being ooed and aahed by the hypnotic attraction of the Almighty Dollar.
I hope Tom DeLay gets what is coming to him. He is a dirty politician, not a lawmaker, and deserves to be sent back to the hole where we emerged.