When Tom DeLay was convicted, I was quick to write Tom Delay, Convicted Felon.
It’s fair that I be just as quick to note that today DeLay is not a convicted felon. He’s not even in jeopardy. He is an innocent man.1 The Austin Court of Appeals reversed and rendered the case, which means that the appellate court didn’t remand (send the case back for a new trial) but rather found DeLay not guilty. He could get the case expunged from governmental records if he cared to.
The State could try to appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeals, but that court of Republicans isn’t likely to grant discretionary review. So it’s likely all over for the State but the crying.
Brian Wice and Dick DeGuerin are responsible for the reversal—Dick tried the case, and Brian appealed it.
The presumption of innocence means you’re innocent until the government proves you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. ↩