DeLay Indictment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is in a Texas courtroom as his attorneys try to have the judge in his case removed.

The congressman arrived for the hearing with a smile on his face, though he did not speak to reporters. He's accused in a campaign finance scheme involving funneling corporate money into political campaigns.

Today's arguments are focusing on whether state District Judge Bob Perkins -- who's contributed regularly to Democratic causes and candidates -- can be fair in a case against the high-profile Republican.

Perkins says he won't rescue himself, though he stepped aside during a similar case against Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson in 1994.

DeLay's attorney says the case would "naturally" be open to criticism unless Perkins steps down. But the prosecutor wants DeLay's attorneys to prove that the public would view the judge as biased, not just speculate about it.

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