Tom DeLay: The Hammer Gets Nailed - Page 2
DeLay’s defense turned on the idea that he’d turned an illegal act into a legal one – by money laundering. Here was a man who always seemed to consider himself above the law, making an argument that he was above the law simply because he had subverted the law. His defense relied on convincing a jury that he was smarter than the laws they’d recently sworn to uphold. It’s the kind of dumb-hubris that only Texans and really stupid people seem to have, the kind that gets you a seat on Jerry Springer after your parole. But even in a state that prides itself on brashness, the “I’m smarter than you” defense has its limits.
The original 2002 criminal complaint was made by Texans for Public Justice. After the verdict was announced, director Craig McDonald said, "We can't undo the 2002 election, but a jury wisely acted to hold DeLay accountable for conspiring to steal it."
This Thanksgiving, I was grateful for twelve ordinary Texans. They decided that nobody was above the law that ensures honest elections. A small part of our justice system worked exactly as it should. No elected dirty dealer in recent memory was as obviously guilty as Tom DeLay and no one more deserved a guilty verdict. Sentencing is scheduled for December 20. So it might be a good Christmas too.
After the verdict was read, DeLay spoke to reporters, "I'm very disappointed. It is what it is. Maybe we can get it before people who understand the law." Maybe we did, Tom, maybe we already did. I wonder how well “The Hammer” is going to work as a prison nickname.