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Second Judge Out for DeLay Trial

November 3, 2005

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Two days after U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay won a fight to get a new judge in his case, prosecutors on Thursday succeeded in ousting the Republican jurist responsible for selecting the new judge.

Administrative Judge B.B. Schraub recused himself after District Attorney Ronnie Earle filed a motion asking for his removal from the case.

Schraub said he will ask the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court name a judge to preside over DeLay’s conspiracy and money laundering trial.

State district Judge Bob Perkins, a Democrat, was removed from DeLay’s case Tuesday after DeLay’s legal team cast doubt on Perkins’ ability to judge the case fairly because of his multiple contributions to Democrats.

Earle said in his motion filed Thursday that Schraub has made several contributions to Republican candidates, including to Gov. Rick Perry, a DeLay ally, which calls into question Schraub’s impartiality in the case.

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