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Judge Upholds DeLay Money-Laundering Charges

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Judge Upholds DeLay Money-Laundering Charges

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Judge Upholds DeLay Money-Laundering Charges

Judge Upholds DeLay Money-Laundering Charges

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Rep. Tom DeLay speaks at the Heritage Foundation, Nov. 3, 2005, in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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A Texas state judge upholds charges of money laundering against former House majority leader, Rep. Tom Delay (R-TX).

However, Judge Pat Priest threw out charges of conspiracy to violate the Texas election code.

This means DeLay will go to trial next year. He is accused of illegally funneling nearly $200,000 to GOP candidates during the 2002 elections for the Texas legislature.

The judge's ruling dashes DeLay's hopes for an early return to his post as House majority leader.