Attorneys for ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) on Wednesday alleged misconduct among jurors who convicted him in a Texas court in November and requested a new trial, the Associated Press reported.
He was sentenced in January to a three-year prison term after a jury convicted him for his role in a 2002 scheme that violated the state’s campaign finance laws and funneled $190,000 in corporate funds to candidates. He also received 10 years of probation.
In a motion filed Wednesday, attorney Dick DeGuerin alleged that some jurors had made up their minds before beginning deliberations, the AP reported. The motion also argues that prosecutors “misapplied” Texas election laws and asserted that DeLay’s First Amendment rights may have been violated by the state’s ban on corporate contributions.
DeLay was elected to the House in 1984 and served as Majority Leader in the 108th and 109th Congresses. He resigned from office in June 2006 and he later founded the consulting firm First Principles, which is based in Sugar Land, Texas.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.