Yes, I have to mock this:
Mr. DeLay, the Texas Republican who had been the House majority leader, crowed that he had been "found innocent." But many of Mr. DeLay's actions remain legal only because lawmakers have chosen not to criminalize them.
As Jonathan Adler says, "Well, yes. That's the way it works."
This is not to defend DeLay, who is at best, extremely unsavory. But it isn't against the law to be a wrong 'un. And the instinct to punish people even though they may not have been technically breaking the law . . . well, it's usually selectively applied by the people in power, to those who are out of it. Maybe what DeLay did should have been illegal, but it wasn't, and he has, therefore, been found innocent--not just "found innocent"