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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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