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DeLay Gets 3 Years in Political Contributions Case, Blames Lawyers and Accountants


Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was sentenced to a three-year prison term today by a Texas judge in a conspiracy and money-laundering case concerning $190,000 in corporate political contributions he routed to help elect Republications to the state legislature.

However, the the Texas Republican refused to apologize to the court, saying that he still doesn’t believe he did anything wrong and made no personal profit, reports CNN.

“I always intended to follow the law,” he told the court. “I’m not stupid. Everything I did I had accountants and lawyers telling me what to do and how to follow the letter of the law, even the spirit of the law.”

His lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, promised an appeal, and it appears that his client, who was taken into custody after the sentencing, will soon be released on $10,000 bond.

Articles by the Associated Press and the New York Times provide additional details about the Travis County case.

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