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Tom Delay’s Defense Says His Acquittal A Long Time In Coming

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Famed Houston defense attorney Dick DeGuerin who helped Tom Delay win vindication says it is a shame Delay’s political career was destroyed.

(Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

DeGuerin says Delay is “very elated” with his acquittal.  He says Delay committed no crime and should not have been convicted “Tom Delay was convicted because he was an effective politician and changed the face of Texas Politics.”

DeGuerin says Delay broke no laws in helping the GOP solidify its base.  He says Delay helped during redistricting in Texas and increased the Republican majority in Congress “a number of the Republicans he supported won and it changed the face of politics.”

The defense attorney says it is great that Delay’s been cleared, but the former House Majority leader’s political career was “destroyed.”  DeGuerin says Delay “was in effect the number one Republican other than George W. Bush in Washington.”

Still DeGuerin says Delay’s ordeal may not be over “the District Attorney’s office in Austin is probably not going to let it go.  And they will try to appeal.”

He says “no crime was committed” and yet the prominent Republican leader had to step down as House Majority Leader and leave Congress.

DeGuerin says Delay is now a lobbyist in the private sector.

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