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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tom DeLay Acquitted, Convictions Tossed

A Texas appellate court has acquitted former House Speaker Tom DeLay of various state corruption charges for which he was convicted in 2010.

The appeals court rendered a verdict of acquittal, finding the evidence "legally insufficient." This is not merely throwing out the conviction on appeal -- which would allow for a retrial.  This is the court finding the evidence insufficient to sustain the conviction.  It is as if the appeals court were the trial court judge and passing down a not guilty ruling, no matter what the jury did. (Remember, while juries can acquit and convict, judges can overrule the jury if it convicts; on the other hand, a judgment of acquittal cannot be overturned.)

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