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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:46 AM
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TPM: "Tom DeLay says he was convicted because he drew too liberal a jury."
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), who has long argued that his indictment on money laundering charges was politically motivated, said on the "Today Show" this morning that his conviction was political, too.

"I was tried in the most liberal county in the state of Texas and, indeed, in the United States," he said, referring to Travis County, the home of Austin. DeLay and his lawyers had tried to get his trial moved to a different, more conservative county, to no avail.

"The foreman of the jury was a Greenpeace activist," DeLay went on. "So, I'm not criticizing the jury. The point is this is a political campaign."

During the trial, DeLay told reporters he trusted the jury to acquit him, saying liberals are more empathetic. "I know them like they're my brothers and sisters," he said.

~snip~
http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/delay...
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chelsea0011 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:48 AM
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1. A jury of his peers were all doing time.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:48 AM
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2. ... because he is a sleaze. n/t
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Democrats_win Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:48 AM
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3. But I thought liberals were too lenient on criminals?
Edited on Thu Jan-13-11 11:49 AM by Democrats_win
Of course it had nothing to do with the fact that he was guilty as sin.

edit: spelling
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:51 AM
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8. Exactly right! Liberals would had been more lenient.
While true conservatives would had sliced and diced him.
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Drale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:49 AM
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4. What a surprise
A Republican making excuses.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:49 AM
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5. ROFLMAO!
:nopity: :nopity: :nopity: :nopity: :nopity: :nopity:
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:50 AM
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6. When Delay dies, they're going to have to remove his brain
for separate disposal in a toxic waste site.
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:19 PM
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24. You are assuming he has one.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:39 PM
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29. He's not stupid.
Just evil.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:50 AM
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7. so tommy boy's lawyers didn't show up for the jury picks? how foolish tommy boy
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:52 AM
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9. So conservatives are OK with organized political crimes?
Says a lot about DeLay's politics. I guess only Republicans can hold Republicans accountable....which they never do.
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justiceischeap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:52 AM
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10. There's this thing that happens before a trial, you know where the jury is picked?
And your attorney(s) Mr. DeLay had options for how to form this jury so it was a fair representation of your peers. There are these called challenges, you know if you felt someone on the jury would not give you a fair hearing because he worked at Greenpeace, well your attorney(s) could have found a way to strike the juror.

So, in the words of the Gipper, "Suck it up and take responsibility for your actions!" (paraphrasing of course)
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Sinistrous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:16 PM
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23. Some info on jury selection:
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:52 AM
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11. Lol, what a dumb ass. n/t
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:52 AM
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12. Most liberal county in the United States? What chemicals has he been inhaling?
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:55 AM
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13. Yeah, breaking the law had nothing to do with it. nt
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:58 AM
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14. Then your lawyer sucks, Tom.
:dunce:
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 11:58 AM
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15. K&R-He seems to actually think this is payback by the Democrats-
he refuses the idea that he did wrong...

mark
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:02 PM
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16. The most liberal county in the US is in Texas?
I guess he's never been to Brooklyn.
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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:04 PM
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17. I don't think they have banned toys in kids meals
in Austin yet :rofl:
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:07 PM
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18. Will they EVER quit with the liberal-bashing?
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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:43 PM
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30. Nope. And It's Getting More and More Tribal
with the next step being ethnic cleansing.
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LostInAnomie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:09 PM
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19. Tommy, look up Voir Dire...
Then, shut up.
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:14 PM
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20. Riiiight, and now he'll go before a
hugely right-wing appeals court who will judge him based on his politics, not his crime.
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:14 PM
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21. Sorry Tom, we tried to find peers, but weasels aren't eligible for jury duty.

Least Weasel, Mustela nivalis
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Stevenmarc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:16 PM
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22. I guess you should ask your jury consultant for a refund.
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:22 PM
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25. And here, I didn't even know that guy could draw.
Guess he's a man of many talents.

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Uben Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:28 PM
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26. Typical criminal behavior......
...I'm a victim, I was cheated, I'm innocent, the dog ate my homework, it was someone else that shat in my britches!

He's what you call a "fucking liar!"
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City Lights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:30 PM
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27. So conservatives are soft on crime, eh Tom?
:rofl:

Thanks for saying it so eloquently!

:rofl:
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callous taoboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:34 PM
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28. That is patently false. I know this because AN IN-LAW OF MINE WAS THE FOREMAN:
My niece-in-law was the foreman. She is a registered Democrat, however she has always been a very independent thinker, and she is an incredibly bright, articulate young woman whom the other members of the jury quickly entrusted to be the foreman.

The day after they reached their guilty verdict she told me that the jury was evenly sprinkled with Republicans, Independents and Democrats, and that after a week of deliberations all members of the jury (some of whom had started out adamant that Delay was innocent- I'll let you guess who they were) had definitely come around and decided that Delay was 100% guilty of money-laundering. There was no question of his guilt. One of the Republicans that had been the most opposed, initially, to finding him guilty congratulated the foreman on a job well done.

My niece-in-law gave up a month of her time, and through blood, sweat and tears (she really did cry the day it was over, the experience being something she would not want to go through again) a jury of Delay's peers had reached an honest verdict.

Deal with it, Tom.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 12:59 PM
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31. Coulda been the death penalty - you were lucky, Bugman
Be thankful.
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 01:00 PM
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32. They convicted you because you are GUILTY, dipshit.
And I guess you decided to go with Lawyers-R-Us to save a few bucks, as you thought you were immune from the law.
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callous taoboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 03:53 PM
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33. kick
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BrightKnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-11 04:36 PM
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34. The jury selection phase is over and his "brothers and sisters" convicted him. - n/t
Edited on Thu Jan-13-11 04:37 PM by BrightKnight
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