Wednesday, November 2, 2005
The judge in the Tom DeLay case was removed from the case after a finding that his donations to the Democratic National Committee and other organizations, might not make him the best judge for what is likely to be a case with political issues. (See Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, NYTimes) Dick DeGuerin appeared to make his argument carefully saying that a donation to a political party is not what creates the problem here. It's that the judge had contributions "that have used Mr. DeLay as a poster boy for raising money and rallying their troops." (Dallas AM News).
So the question is - will they be able to find a judge in Texas, a state with political judges, who will be able to provide a satisfactory level of neutrality that appeases both sides?