Disgraced for House majority leader Tom Delay had his conviction overturned on appeal. Delay was convicted in 2010 after being found guilty of illegally funneling corporate money to Texas candidates during the 2002 campaign cycle.
DeLay, a Republican, had been out on bail while appealing his conviction and the three-year prison sentence he was handed afterward.
But in a 2-1 ruling released Thursday, the state’s Third District Court of Appeals says “we conclude that the evidence presented does not support a conclusion that DeLay committed the crimes that were charged. … The fundamental problem with the State’s case was its failure to prove proceeds of criminal activity.
The court found that a political action committee DeLay created, which was at the center of the case, could accept donations from corporations and that the PAC “could lawfully transfer the corporate funds out of state.” Therefore, the judges write, “the State failed to prove the ‘applicable culpable mental states’ for the donating corporations to support a finding of criminal intent by the corporations.”
Read more about the appeal here