Texas is not as timid as the Federal Department of Just Us has become, in terms of Bush II era criminal conduct.
The feds did not have the cajones to prosecute Tom DeLay, a.k.a. "The Hammer", however, Texas justice is a little less ... shall we say "formal".
A jury convicted DeLay on a conspiracy theory, and on money laundering, for which the maximum is life in prison.
The toxins of power got to DeLay when he began to go with the corrupting flow, rather than fight to stay old school honest.
An appeal is sure to follow.