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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay Cleared Of Criminal Charges

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Ryan E. Poppe
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TPR News

Former United States House Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay  has been cleared by Texas’ highest criminal court of all charges related to his 2010 conviction by the state’s Public Integrity Unity on charges of money laundering and conspiracy.   

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed with the state’s third Court of Appeals, who threw out the conviction in 2013 stating that the prosecution lacked sufficient evidence because bank checks were not to be considered money.   

Those charges were related to corporate donations that DeLay’s political action committee received that prosecutors say was illegally funneled into Republican candidates campaigns in an effort to control of the Texas House.