No he won't go to prison but this is AWESOME! Anybody who knows the facts in this case can clearly say that Mr. DeLay is an absolutely horrible human being and unfortunately, he'll never get what he truly deserves. This is a good start. I mean, really, this guy is just Satan incarnate. I hope it holds up, great news and something to be thankful for this year!
A working class hero is something to be
I am pleasantly surprised that a Texas jury would convict a corrupt, rich, white, Republican (but I repeat myself) of something he was clearly guilty of - there is hope for the state yet.
Of course, there remains sentencing, in which DeLay may face the usual consequences of being a Republican criminal: Luxurious retirement, a lucrative talk radio career, and the respect and admiration of all Republican-kind. After all, it's not as though he's some homeless guy who stole a candy bar from a convenience store - that's the kind of thing you really need to get tough on. But maybe justice will be done here too.
If so, then there are appeals, and the overwhelming likelihood that some Bush-appointed judge with bulging pockets will decide that concepts like "fact" and "reality" unduly biased the jury's verdict. Still, I am hopeful.
Then there's the US Supreme Court, which given its recent history is as likely to declare Tom DeLay an American hero worthy of the Medal of Honor as uphold a conviction against him.
But the conviction is meaningful in any case. Twelve Americans rendered a verdict - the word verdict meaning literally "true speak" - that Tom DeLay is a criminal: A fact most informed people knew when he was running the US House of Representatives as a one-party extortion ring.
Texas, I salute you: Decent, responsible citizens are still born there.
Are you saying that when he was convicted of among other things peddling his influence(with the Vice President of the United States ) that it dont effect every American citizen?
<as jurors heard testimony about large contributions flowing to Mr. DeLay from corporations seeking to influence him and junkets to posh resorts where the congressman would rub shoulders with lobbyists in return for donations.>
The haggardness of poverty is everywhere seen contrasted with the sleekness of wealth, the exhorted labor of some compensating for the idleness of others, wretched hovels by the side of stately colonnades, the rags of indigence blended with the ensigns of opulence; in a word, the most useless profusion in the midst of the most urgent wants.Jean-Baptiste Say