Former GOP Lawmaker Did Not Violate Laundering Laws in 2002 Finance Scandal: Court

By Colby Adams

Texas prosecutors overreached when accusing a former top Republican lawmaker of money laundering for his role in financing the campaigns of state candidates, an appellate court said. On Thursday, Texas' Third District Court of Appeals ruled that former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay did not violate state money laundering laws by orchestrating transfers in 2002 that funded the campaigns of seven Republican political candidates. A jury convicted DeLay in 2010, agreeing with state prosecutors that the former congressman conspired in September 2002 with John Colyandro, the executive director of Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee...