Hearing in appeal of DeLay conviction put on hold

Hearing in appeal of DeLay conviction put on hold

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Hours before the verdict, DeLay was all smiles while chatting with reporters.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 18, 2012 at 11:58 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A court hearing that had been set for next week in the appeal of ex-U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s 2010 money laundering convictions has been canceled.

The 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin on Friday canceled oral arguments in DeLay’s appeal without giving a reason. No new date was set.

The Austin American-Statesman reports  the cancellation follows a request by DeLay’s attorney to have one of the justices on the court—a Democrat—recuse herself because of “anti-Republican remarks” the judge is alleged to have made at a political convention.

DeLay, a Houston-area Republican, has been free on bond pending his appeal of his three-year prison sentence for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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