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Texas: DeLay succeeds in removing judge from his case

The Dallas Morning News reports: A judge was removed from U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay's money laundering trial Tuesday because he contributed to Democratic groups that have targeted the congressman as a political enemy.

State District Judge Bob Perkins donated $5,275 over the past five years to such groups as Move On.org, the Democratic National Committee and the Texas Democratic Party, which defense lawyers insisted could raise questions about his impartiality on a politically charged case.

Retired Judge C.W. "Bud" Duncan Jr. ruled on the request from Mr. DeLay's lawyers to remove Judge Perkins after hearing more than four hours of testimony Tuesday. A separate judge will appoint a jurist to preside over the case. ...

In arguments aired Tuesday, both sides emphasized that Judge Perkins has a strong reputation for fairness. But Mr. DeLay's attorneys said that the political contributions gave "the appearance of impropriety." -- Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Politics: National

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