DeLay case could have new judge by this Friday

AUSTIN, Texas - A new judge for Rep. Tom DeLay's criminal trial could be named by Friday, replacing a jurist who was removed from the case at DeLay's urging, an administrative judge said Wednesday.

Administrative Judge B.B. Schraub told The Associated Press he will pick from a field of retired judges from outside Austin's Travis County, where DeLay was indicted on charges of money laundering and conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme.

Woman, son sentenced in death of boy

NEWARK, N.J. - A woman who admitted hiding the body of a 7-year-old relative in a basement storage bin was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison, and her son, who admitted killing him in a wrestling move, was sentenced to three.

Faheem Williams' decomposed body was found stuffed in a basement storage bin three years ago, and his twin and half brother were discovered living in squalor and filth. The case generated national outrage and led to an overhaul of New Jersey's child welfare agency.

As he sentenced 43-year-old Sherry Murphy, Superior Court Judge Michael R. Casale called the case the saddest he has presided over in his nearly 10 years on the bench.

Court hears arguments over Choose Life plate

CINCINNATI - Legislation allowing Tennessee drivers to buy license plates that say ''Choose Life'' should have included a pro-choice alternative, a civil liberties attorney told a federal appeals court panel Wednesday.

''Tennessee residents who oppose abortion can express their point of view on state-issued plates, but abortion rights advocates cannot,'' ACLU lawyer Julie Steinberg told a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Court: Parents not sole providers of sex education

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by parents who were outraged that the Palmdale school district had surveyed their elementary school-age children about sex.

The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the parents' claim that they have the exclusive right to tell their children about sex.

In upholding a lower court ruling against the parents, Circuit Judge Steven Reinhardt said ''no such specific right can be found in the deep roots of the nation's history and tradition or implied in the concept of ordered liberty.''

- From wire reports