Wayne Slater
The Dallas Morning News
January 10, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay vowed Monday to fight a three-year prison sentence for money laundering, calling himself the victim of “malicious prosecution” by Democrats.

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“I can’t be remorseful for something I don’t think I did,” DeLay said, standing before the Texas judge who sentenced him.

DeLay was led out of the courtroom by marshals and taken to the county jail, where he posted bond. He will remain free pending appeal of his conviction related to a 2002 scheme to illegally funnel corporate money into Texas political races.

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The money helped Republicans take control of the Texas House and redraw congressional districts to enhance DeLay’s influence in Washington.

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