Fmr. Majority Leader Delay, laundering trial up to grand jury

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The fate of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is now in the hands of a jury.

Jurors in DeLay's money laundering trial in Austin began deliberating Monday following more than three hours of closing arguments.

In their final pitch to jurors, prosecutors said the former Republican lawmaker gave his blessing to a scheme to use his political action committee to illegally channel $190,000 in corporate donations into 2002 Texas legislative races through a money swap.

DeLay's attorneys countered that he didn't commit a crime because no corporate money was sent to Texas candidates. His attorneys told jurors the money swap was legal.

The once powerful but polarizing Houston-area congressman faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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