DALLAS - A hearing on the indictments of Vice President Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and other public officials for alleged prisoner abuse and organized crime activities in South Texas erupted into a shouting match after the district attorney and the presiding judge sought to disqualify each other from the case.

Willacy County district attorney Juan Angel Guerra asked Presiding Judge Manuel Banales to recuse himself from the case, claiming the judge held a grudge against the prosecutor, who was himself under indictment for alleged misuse of public property and extortion until Banales dismissed the charges last month.

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