...that any Judge in his right mind could remove Judge Robert Perkins from presiding over indicted former Majority Leader Tom DeLay's criminal trial. There's no way. What a dangerous precedent that would set!
But, nonetheless, DeLay's attorneys have made the request and Senior Judge C.W. "Bud" Duncan Jr. has set a hearing for Nov. 1 in Austin to hear DeLay's motion to remove Perkins from his case, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Here's what we know about Judge Duncan so far, thanks to R.G. Ratcliffe:
Duncan served as a district judge in Bell County from 1978-1988.
His party affiliation could not be immediately determined.
Duncan made statewide news in 1994 when he ordered a tattoo artist to give up his job because he was HIV-positive, even though the man's crime was unrelated to tattooing. The man accepted the tattooing ban as part of his probation to avoid prison.
UPDATE: The Hill reports that Judge Duncan was elected as a Democrat, and has given money to both Democratic and Republican candidates.
"The records show that Duncan made three contributions totaling $500 between 1995 and 2000 to Cornyn, who was elected to the Senate in 2002 after serving as Texas’s attorney general and a state Supreme Court justice," The Hill reports on Texans for Public Justice's findings.
"Duncan also gave $200 to Democratic state Rep. Bob Armstrong in 1998."