A Texas Appeals Court overturns the conviction of former House majority leader Tom DeLay in a money-laundering case stemming from the 2002 elections.
"I talked to Tom and as you can well understand he is ecstatic," says DeLay's attorney Brian Wice. "He feels relieved, he still feels numb, but he's obviously gratified."
The 66-year-old DeLay was convicted in 2010 for illegally funneling $190,000 in corporate money via the Republican National Committee to help elect Republicans to the Texas Legislature in 2002.
The Sugar Land Republican had long maintained his innocence and denounced what he called the "criminalization of politics."
"Tom has been pilloried and persecuted, convicted and ultimately vindicated for conduct that didn't come within an area code of any crime within the state of Texas," Wice tells KTRH News.
DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison, but has remained free during the appeal. He currently works as a political consultant.