DeLay Indictment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The arraignment of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay won't be taking place right away.

DeLay appeared in court in Austin, Texas, to answer charges stemming from an alleged campaign financing scheme.

His attorney wants the judge who was assigned to the case to step aside. Judge Bob Perkins told attorney Dick DeGuerin that the best way to handle the request is to put off proceedings until that issue is decided by another judge.

DeGuerin told reporters outside the courthouse he's basing his request on the fact that Perkins is an active Democrat who has supported liberal causes that oppose DeLay, including the fundraising Web site He says that organization is now selling T-shirts with DeLay's mug shot on it.

DeGuerin has also asked to have the case moved to another Texas county.

He said all he wants is "a fair trial and fair tribunal" for his client.

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