Former House majority leader Tom DeLay is a lucky man. On Thursday, a Texas court overturned charges of money laundering in a 2-to-1 ruling, citing “legally insufficient” evidence to sustain the conviction, which stemmed from a 2002 fundraising scandal. DeLay says he was at a prayer meeting when he learned of the decision, which the district attorney’s office plans to appeal. “This was an outrageous criminalization of politics, and I’m so glad that they wrote the ruling that they did,” he said. The three-year prison sentence he was handed in 2010 never went into effect because he had been appealing his case.
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