DeLay was sentenced this week to three years in prison and 10 years of probation for scheming to illegally influence Texas elections. Unlike in most money laundering cases, prosecutors argued he stood to benefit not financially but through political power.
In view of the case, our partner, Carlos Gonzalez, a white collar criminal defense lawyer who’s followed DeLay’s case, said the ex-lawmaker has a "better than normal chance" in his appeal.
DeLay’s attorneys first need to attack whether sufficient evidence was presented to prove money laundering took place, he said.
"Issue number two: take the position that prosecutors have overreached in applying the statute and that (it) was never intended to deal with this type of conduct," Gonzalez said.