"Because we conclude that the evidence was legally insufficient to sustain DeLay's convictions, we reverse the judgments of the trial court and render judgments of acquittal," the majority opinion by Justice Melissa Goodwin states. Justice David Gaultney concurred. "The fundamental problem with the state's case was its failure to prove proceeds of criminal activity."
Delay was convicted in 2010 of illegally channeling $190,000 in corporate donations to Republicans running for the Texas Legislature. Texas law prohibits corporate campaign contributions to local races. A jury in Austin, Texas found that DeLay collected checks, moved the funds through a political action committee and distributed the donations to Texas Republican candidates.
DeLay, 66, a conservative Republican, was elected to the U.S. House as majority leader in 2002. DeLay earned the nickname "the Hammer".
In 2005, a grand jury indicted DeLay on charges that he had conspired to violate campaign finance laws. DeLay reportedly sought donations to his political action committee from Enron and other corporations to help bankroll the redistricting of Texas to favor the election of more Republicans. DeLay denied the charges but resigned as majority leader.