The prosecution of Tom Delay. U.S. Rep. Tom Delay was never a sympathetic public figure, rather a partisan movement conservative intent on perpetuating GOP control of the U.S. House and Texas legislature. His rough-and-tumble style (nickname "The Hammer") was widely criticized by the media, Democrats intent on regaining majority status and even some Republicans desirous of a more collegial persona. Yet, the nine-year legal ordeal against Mr. Delay waged by the Travis County district attorney must give everyone pause, regardless of party. You see, an appellate panel in Texas has finally ended (by an 8-1 vote) the appeal process, concluding that Mr. Delay did nothing wrong in his fundraising efforts. This final victory does not have Mr. Delay's former colleagues (myself included) reaching for the victory cigar. In the end, the bad guys got their scalp: loss of office, public humiliation, bankruptcy. What a travesty.