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Conspiracy, money laundering sentence of "The Hammer" overturned

The man called "the hammer" can serve as an inspiration for Auto and Multnomah County, Oregon, residents who are facing charges. The embattled Ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, fondly called "the hammer" for his ability to get votes for controversial bills in Congress, weathered the storm and saw the money laundering and conspiracy charges conviction he received in 2010 overturned.

The appeals court ruled in favor of the former congressman in a 2-to-1 vote. According to reports, the evidence presented against DeLay was legally insufficient. In 2006, the 66-year-old DeLay resigned from the House when the accusations surfaced. It was alleged that he funneled $190,000 worth of corporate donations for the home state's candidates in the 2002 cycle of elections.

From that point on, he endured missed opportunities, having lost his congressional seat; attacks on his reputation and faced with the possibility of a 3-year incarceration. Nonetheless, he persevered against what he called "politically motivated charges."

Now a free man, the former congressman is excited about the prospects he faces in life. To start with, he plans to write a book, something that he has put off for the last seven years. He is planning to conduct a lecture tour as well. After all he has been through, the former congressman, who is known to be very religious, remains feisty. He maintains that he does not need to rebuild his reputation because the charges never tarnished it in the first place.

A criminal conviction comes with severe penalties, including incarceration, and can be a severe blow to a person's reputation. An Auto and Multnomah County resident facing criminal conspiracy, or any other charges for that matter, much like DeLay, may wish to take a stand if he or she does not want to lose his or her freedom and rights. Legal guidance from a criminal legal professional who can provide an aggressive defense can help tremendously.

Source: KHOU.com, "DeLay thanks God for acquittal of money laundering," Sept. 20, 2013

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