Closing arguments set in trial of ex-congressman

November 22, 2010 5:06:10 AM PST
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expressing confidence as they prepare their final pitches to jurors in the money laundering trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Closing arguments in DeLay's trial were set for Monday.

Afterward, jurors were to get the case and begin deliberating.

Prosecutors allege DeLay used his political action committee to illegally channel $190,000 in corporate donations into 2002 Texas legislative races through a money swap.

DeLay denies wrongdoing. He and his attorneys say no corporate went to Texas candidates and the money swap was legal.

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