ANALYSIS: It's hard to imagine the U.S. as a place where citizens have to fear overzealous prosecution, but last week's reversals in the cases of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and five New Orleans police officers are part of a troubling pattern reminiscent of the Soviet criminal justice system — a system in which the state is always right, even when it is wrong.
Retired congressmen usually have it made. They either return home for a quiet life of leisure or head to K Street for a lucrative lobbying career. Former majority leaders have their pick of seven-figure opportunities. But not always. Tom DeLay, the former Texas congressman famous for his unbending conservative ways, has spent the past decade with neither a job nor a day's rest, fighting for his very freedom. The nightmare ended Thursday.
The man they called "the Hammer," who used Democrats as anvils, got a little satisfaction Thursday. An appeals court in Texas reversed the money-laundering conviction of Tom DeLay and told him to go and sin no more.
Former Rep. Tom DeLay said not much changed after a Texas appeals court overturned his conviction Thursday and acquitted him of charges he violated campaign finance laws — except that he will have a key constitutional right restored.
A Texas appeals court acquitted former Rep. Tom DeLay of money laundering Thursday, closing an eight-year-long criminal case against the man who was once the most powerful Republican in Congress — but Democrats achieved their goal of keeping him on the political sidelines for all that time.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday accused Democrats in his state of punishing Republican opponents by misusing prosecution power and the courts because Democrats "can't get what they want at the polls."
Turmoil surrounding an unprecedented $3 billion cancer-fighting effort in Texas worsened Tuesday when its executive director offered his resignation and the state's chief public corruption prosecutor announced an investigation into the beleaguered agency.
New York's senior senator said Thursday that Congress likely will need to pass an emergency spending bill to help the recovery effort from Superstorm Sandy, and he said that money should be tacked onto the deficit.
An attorney for former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told an appeals court Wednesday that the onetime GOP heavyweight’s efforts to influence Texas elections may have been distasteful but weren’t illegal.
Pro-traditional family groups from 11 countries are outraged because the U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic endorsed a homosexual celebration this week that will culminate with a gay pride parade Saturday in Prague.
I think what's generally expected of a seventh-generation Texan, not to mention a Rick Perry voter, reviewing a New York writer's put-down of his homeland is some high-class fuming and frothing. I close Gail Collins' cantankerous book in unaccountably good temper.
Tony Blankley, a columnist and former editorial page editor of The Washington Times, died last weekend. His struggle against cancer was long, but for those of us who loved him, his passing came all too soon. Tony's absence leaves a big hole in this world - and on these opinion pages - that can't be filled.
Bob Livingston, a successful D.C. lobbyist who served in Congress under then-Speaker Newt Gingrich and is one of the biggest boosters of his presidential campaign, said he and Mr. Gingrich have grown since their days in the House, when both of them were accused of marital infidelity.