The 1997 Rexona Cup - Singles was a tennis event played on outdoor clay courts at the Am Rothenbaum in Hamburg, Germany. The 1997 Rexona Cup tournament was held from April 28 through May 4, 1997, was part of Tier II of the 1997 WTA Tour. Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Brenda Schultz-McCarthy were the defending champions but they competed with different partners that year, Sánchez Vicario with Inés Gorrochategui and Schultz-McCarthy with Larisa Savchenko. Savchenko and Schultz-McCarthy lost in the first round to Iva Majoli. Gorrochategui and Sánchez Vicario lost in the quarterfinals to Majoli. Anke Huber and Mary Pierce won in the final 2–6, 7–6, 6–2 against Dragomir and Majoli. Champion seeds are indicated in bold text while text in italics indicates the round in which those seeds were eliminated. Larisa Savchenko / Brenda Schultz-McCarthy Gigi Fernández / Conchita Martínez Sandrine Testud / Caroline Vis Olga Lugina / Elena Wagner ITF tournament edition details
Bob Perkins is an American judge who sits on Travis County District Court in Austin, Texas. In November 2005, he was assigned to preside over the Tom DeLay money-laundering case. DeLay's attorneys objected, arguing that Perkins was a member of the Democratic Party, had contributed to the liberal group MoveOn.org which DeLay's lawyers alleged sold anti-DeLay T-shirts, which MoveOn.org denied. Perkins denied seeing the alleged T-shirts but confirmed he had contributed to the failed campaign of Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry. Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle attempted to keep Perkins as the presiding judge over the prosecution of DeLay, whose lawyers were successful in arguing the judge could not be perceived in public as impartial under the circumstances of Perkins' donations. Earle's office argued there was no reason to replace Perkins as judges should automatically be viewed as impartial. Perkins had once voluntarily recused himself in Earle's earlier failed prosecution of Republican U.
S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison; the motion was heard by retired judge C. W. Duncan. Duncan ordered Perkins' removal from the case, judge Pat Priest was selected by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson to preside over the case. DeLay was exonerated by an appeals court of all charges