"Tom DeLay, one of the most powerful and divisive Republican lawmakers ever to come out of Texas, was convicted Wednesday of money-laundering charges in a state trial, five years after his indictment here forced him to resign as majority leader in the House of Representatives." New York Times, Nov. 24, 2010.
I hope that all members of Congress take this to heart; even the most powerful must obey the law. The prosecution chose to accuse him of money-laundering, but he also broke Texas law prohibiting corporations from giving to political candidates. DeLay's tactics resulted in enough law makers to redraw Texas Congressional districts in favor of the Republicans.