Tom DeLay to make case to appeals court

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former U.S. House Majority Leader and GOP heavyweight Tom DeLay is getting ready to make his case to an appeals court that his 2010 conviction for taking part in a scheme to influence Texas elections should be overturned.

Attorneys for DeLay, who once held the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives, and the Travis County District Attorney's Office were set to make oral arguments Wednesday in Austin before the 3rd Court of Appeals.

DeLay's three-year prison sentence has been on hold as his case has been on appeal.

The former Houston-area congressman has long maintained he was the victim of a politically motivated prosecution.

Prosecutors with the Travis County District Attorney's Office say their case against DeLay was never about politics.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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